Lots of locks, lots of love
by Staff Writer
Two 7-year-old north Mecklenburg girls recently donated their hair to Locks of Love, and one girl convinced her mother to give up her hair also.
The nonprofit Locks of Love organization uses donated hair to make wigs and hairpieces for cancer victims who lose their hair during chemotherapy.
On June 8, Maria Green took her 7-year-old daughter, Angelina, to Studio B Salon in Huntersville. Angelina just completed first grade at Torrence Creek Elementary School and “was inspired by all the girls who have donated their hair to Locks of Love,” her mother wrote in an email. “She was especially inspired that her friend Riley Grail, another student at Torrence Creek, had made her third donation last year. … Since I had long hair, Angelina decided that she wanted me to grow my hair to donate as well, and we would do it together.”
As stylist Brian Childers harvested her 11-inch ponytail, “Angelina was beaming,” her mom wrote. “At that moment, I was never more proud, and she was never more beautiful.”
Her son, Joseph, 10, “got all choked up as Brian cut 11 inches off my hair. I reminded my son that it was for a great cause and ‘it’s just hair,’ ” Maria Green wrote.
A week later at Signature Style Salon in Cornelius, 7-year-old Kierin Heesch, daughter of Kim and Neil Heesch, of Cornelius, donated her hair.
A student at Community School of Davidson, Kierin told her mom, “I am donating my hair because I want it to go to someone who doesn’t have hair and needs it. I also think it will not be so hot with long hair if we get to go to Ethiopia this summer to get my baby brother.”