Thursday, January 23, 2003

Long hair gets snip, needy child is helped



By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

[photo] Elizabeth Weingartner, 12, of Fairfield, shows the hair that will go to a charity that makes wigs for children
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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FAIRFIELD - Elizabeth Weingartner, a Sacred Heart School sixth-grader, got her hair cut to give to a child who had none.

"It made me feel special inside,'' said Elizabeth. It took about six months for her hair to grow long enough to meet Locks of Love's requirements.

Elizabeth Gadaleta, a sophomore at Badin High School, also sent her hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization.

The Florida-based group accepts ponytails or braids at least 10 inches long. The hair is then assembled into a hairpiece that is given to a needy child under the age of 18 with medical hair loss, said Susan Stone, executive director of Locks of Love. Ten to 15 ponytails are needed for each hairpiece.

Since Kids Hair Zone opened in Symmes Township 13 months ago, about 50 people have had their hair cut for free and packaged for Locks of Love, said Kristy Wells, the shop's assistant manager.

Parlour on the Avenue, Harrison, also offers free haircuts to donors.

"We keep a box in the back of the store and keep filling it up,'' said Shannon Walters, operations manager at Parlour on the Avenue. "I've been really surprised at how far people come to donate and what a great success it's been.''

"I'll keep it short for awhile and then grow it out again,'' Ms Weingartner said.

How to donate

Locks of Love sites where hair can be cut for free and will be sent at no charge to Locks of Love:

Kids Hair Zone, 11917 Montgomery Road, Symmes Township, 677-9888

Parlour on the Avenue, 120 Harrison Ave., Harrison, 202-9111

Hair should be a minimum of 10 inches long and bundled in a ponytail or braid. Hair swept off the floor is not usable. Hair should be clean, dry and placed in a plastic bag.

Donations from men and women of all ages and races are needed. Some kinds of hair will be sold to offset the cost of manufacturing.

Mail hair to: Locks of Love, 2925 10th Ave. North, Suite 102, Lake Worth, FL 33461.

Information: (888)-896-1588 or www.locksoflove.org




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