Monday, April 4, 2011
A Worthy Cause
As my wedding approached, and I had run out of creative ways to style my long hair, I kept telling people that in addition to getting married, I was excited to get rid of all of my hair! I don't know how it came to mind, but I decided to donate my 'wedding hair' to Locks of Love. Knowing that my hair would go to such a wonderful cause made me even more excited to cut it all off!
Around Thanksgiving of last year I had had enough -- I couldn't do ANYTHING with my hair because it was so long! I went to the salon and was determined to do whatever I could to be able to style/straighten my insanely long head of hair. Out of sheer frustration, I had quite a bit of length cut off and tons of layers put in...putting my hair donation in serious jeopardy. While I felt disappointed that I might not be able to donate, I was now able to do something with my hair :) (However, I still had months to go before my wedding.)
My wedding day came much faster than I ever would have imagined (after a year of planning). On my wedding 'to do' list was scheduling my post-wedding hair appointment. Eager to get it done (especially before leaving for my honeymoon a week after the wedding), I scheduled an appointment for 3 days after my wedding.
During my wedding weekend, I found out that a family member of mine had been quietly battling stage 3 ovarian cancer. While Locks of Love is an organization to help children with hair loss due to any medical condition, I couldn't help but think about my aunt -- my donation became so much more important. Finally, the day of my hair appointment came. I sat in the chair and held my breath while my stylist measured my braid...10 INCHES exactly! I found myself crying in that chair, out of relief that I had met the minimum length for donation, and out of the joy and happiness of being able to donate.
Thus, I happily sent in my donation with a note, stating that I hoped that my 'wedding hair' helped make a child as happy as I was on that day. When I think of all of the ways people can help others, I think this one is the easiest. It doesn't take time from your schedule, if you don't have any to give, and it doesn't cost anything but a haircut and some postage. If you have the hair to give, I would encourage you to do it -- you'll be helping put a smile on a child's face AND you'll love your new 'do'! www.locksoflove.org/donate.html