July 30, 2014
Joined by local stylist in hair donation
by Christina Whitford
For most people the never ending task of getting your hair cut becomes routine. But for those who have lost their hair due to medical illness, the gift that one person’s hair cut can give them is extraordinary and priceless.
Through the non- profit organization Locks of Love, many people choose to give the locks they cut to help children, including Ricky Punches of Sullivan, who recently made his second donation in two years.
The organization provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss from an assortment of diagnoses. Locks of Love goal is simply to restore self confidence to children in these situations.
Over the years, many local residents have generously made hair donations to help others in need. Recently making a return trip to the salon for another round of donation was Punches, who first donated in January 2013.
“After my first donation, I began growing it again to cut and donate,” explained Punches.
He made the donation after learning about the program from his mother and seeing her rally to help find people to donate their hair.