We LOVE people who cut and donate their hair to benefit cancer survivors!!! This is a truly kind and wonderful thing to do. For kids and teens, I also love that it helps kids to think more globally about others in need and how they can help them. Win, win, win!!!
Here's my favorite program:
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Why? Because it benefits ADULT cancer patients. Some of the other more famous hair donation charities donate only for kids wigs. I LOVE the Pantene program because the hair donated goes for adult cancer survivors' wigs.
"Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society. The role of Pantene is to help women grow long, strong,* beautiful hair and provide the funds to turn this hair into free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer. So far, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country. To see if you are eligible to receive a free wig or if there are wigs available in your area, please call the American Cancer Society’s Wig Bank Line at 1-877-227-1596"
Here are the hair donation sites that make wigs for children/teens that have lost their hair due to cancer treatments or medical conditions that cause hair loss.
Hair Donation to Benefit Kids
Everyone knows about Locks of Love. You donate your hair and it goes to kids with a variety of medical illnesses that cause alopecia (baldness). Not all of these donations go to kids with cancer. Nothing wrong with that, but just so you know. Hey, a bald head to a kid or teenager is traumatic no matter what the cause, right?
Another great organization: Wigs for Kids
Wigs for Kids even accepts gray hair (locks of love apparently not), but not color processed.
For our international clients!!! Zichron Menachem
For children in Israel: http://www.zichron.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=73&Itemid=257&lang=en
All of these sites have instructions for exactly how much hair you need to donate, condition of hair, etc. Some also have info on where to go to get discounted or free haircuts if you are donating to their organization.
Thank you all for your big hearts and for donating to help cancer survivors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!