r/MadeMeSmile Sep 30 '22 Silver 1 Helpful 3 Wholesome 10 All-Seeing Upvote 1

The Moment This Young Girl Receives Her New Wig That Was Donated...The Smile Says It All Helping Others

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u/ExasperatedMongoose Sep 30 '22 Silver

I’ve donated my hair probably a half dozen or so times over the years. That’s my hair color. Its nice to imagine that maybe that’s my hair bringing that smile to her face!

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u/friendofthesmokies Oct 01 '22

That's really awesome. I'm sure you have brought joy and confidence to many. I don't know you but you sound like good peeps.

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u/Lionheart8190 Oct 01 '22

Even if not hers, your hair ended up with somebody giving them that same smile and appreciation. Thanks for being a good human.

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u/away_in_the_head Oct 01 '22

What happens if someone who receives donate hair commits a crime and some hair is found at the crime scene? Is the donator in a database to show the have donated hair?

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u/alectorophobic Oct 01 '22

I believe donated hair doesn't contain the root as it has been cut not pulled out and i think its the root that's needed for a DNA sample.

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u/Rush7en Oct 01 '22

How long does it usually take for your hair to get long enough for donation standards?

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u/ExasperatedMongoose Oct 01 '22

2-3 years, I think. Most places require hair to be at least 10 inches long, although I’ve seen a couple that say 12. On average, hair grows about 6 inches a year. Mine seems to grow slower than that so it takes more time for me.

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u/jjkat87 22d ago

I donate every year.

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u/Alexander-is-pissed Oct 01 '22

Just as a heads up, don’t donate through Locks of Love; they have a huge problem of wasting donated hair

Source: https://youtu.be/D_QMxmY5IDU

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u/Witty1889 Oct 01 '22

I'm up to 4 donations at this point. I've had my hair long since I was 14 and first donated in my early/mid 20's. I last cut about 6 weeks ago and am growing out ponytail no.5 as we speak, but I'm not entirely decided I'm willing to grow it out another 30cm (minimum length for the place I donate to). I likely won't make 6 as I'm starting to lose more and more of it, but I still got the (male) record for my country!

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u/throwaway435467 Oct 01 '22

I’ve read that donated hair is bleached to be basically white and then colored to the person receiving it’s preference. So it could’ve been a redheads hair for all we know prior to this.

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u/ne0ndistraction Sep 30 '22

How awesome. Is this part of a program or just a one time donation? It would be great to know if we can donate to a cause like this.

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u/[deleted] Oct 01 '22

This specific lady is wigs by Tiffani. She has a children’s fund you can donate to on her website. This is how I felt getting my first good wig :)

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u/rkpri Oct 01 '22

Check out "Wigs for Kids." I have donated to them for years now. They prefer 12 or more inches of hair for donations and it can't be color treated. It's a great organization.

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u/xX_GRP_Xx Oct 01 '22

Hey I got great hair, might as well start doing it myself…

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u/Ok_Cranberry_1936 Oct 01 '22

I'm not in the US but it should be super easily Google-able.

I donate my hair ever few years, but I've mailed it to a different address each time. So have to Google every time anyways

Also, make sure to check specific standards for accepted hair. From memory only 1 place I've donated to have allowed less than 12 inches of hair.

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u/Shuggy-chan Oct 01 '22

I live on the east coast, but donated two 14 inch braids last spring.

I ended up using “wigs for kids” a google search will probably turn up a few organizations that take donations and how to prepare the hair.

Also on the site had a search thing for salons that was associated with the program, so they braid and cut it. It was up to me to ship it.

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u/Bubblegumandswagger Oct 01 '22

Bro imma take an extra shift at work to donate to that website I love that

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u/GRAWRGER Sep 30 '22

there are loads of ongoing charities that collect hair for wigs - locks of love, for example.

they accept monetary donations as well.

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u/Tinkhasanattitude Oct 01 '22

Hair We Share is a small NY org that collects hair donations and gives free wigs to any child or adult with medically caused hair loss. They just had their 10,000 ponytail program party where they fundraised enough money to create 1,000 wigs from the ponytails they’ve collected. I donated some money and my own ponytail to them in 2021. They’re pretty great!

Article about their fundraiser: https://www.longislandpress.com/2022/09/30/hair-we-share-10000-ponytail-party/

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u/TheShroomDruid Oct 01 '22

Locks of Love doesn't donate the wigs they make from your donated hair. They sell it

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u/SweetVoidPrincess Oct 01 '22

Locks of Love website says they do not charge recipients for wigs.

https://locksoflove.org/faq/

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u/Ambitious-Bottle9394 Oct 01 '22

But they probably.do

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u/Profession-Unable Oct 01 '22

I think the previous poster is saying that they sell the donated hair, presumably to wig companies. Not that they charge wig recipients.

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u/ne0ndistraction Sep 30 '22

Cool, I’ll check them out. Thanks!

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u/Ok_Basil_9223 Oct 01 '22

St. Baldrick’s is a good one to check out

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u/Alexander-is-pissed Oct 01 '22

Just as a heads up, don’t donate through Locks of Love; they have a huge problem of wasting donated hair

Source: https://youtu.be/D_QMxmY5IDU

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u/Alexander-is-pissed Oct 01 '22

Just as a heads up, don’t donate through Locks of Love; they have a huge problem of wasting donated hair

Source: https://youtu.be/D_QMxmY5IDU

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u/sparkledotcom Oct 01 '22

There’s no shortage of hair in the world. Synthetic wigs are just as good, if not better, for most people. Organizations like St. Baldrick’s use shaving heads to attract attention to raise money. It’s a nice thought but really, nobody needs your hair.

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u/section4 Sep 30 '22

Bless her little heart. I hope she recovers fully and carries on strong in life.

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u/runninandruni Sep 30 '22

Huge shout-out to people who donate their hair for wigs. You all are amazing and spread so much love

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u/Master-Mango-1590 Oct 01 '22

I'm a guy, been letting my hair grow for 5 years now. And I'm close to cutting it and I will donate for some else to enjoy it. This is my plan.

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u/Alexander-is-pissed Oct 01 '22

Just as a heads up, don’t donate through Locks of Love; they have a huge problem of wasting donated hair

Source: https://youtu.be/D_QMxmY5IDU

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u/Shnazzberry Sep 30 '22

My daughter donated her hair just a few months ago. The thought of a little girl getting to wear it like this and feel better makes me so happy.

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u/SortaCore Sep 30 '22

Show this vid to your daughter ^.^

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u/[deleted] Sep 30 '22

That is very kind of her

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u/tatertot_once_again Sep 30 '22

I've been growing my hair out for a while now to donate. If anyone has any contacts to share with me in west Michigan, I would appreciate it. It's probably about 10 inches. I'm just not sure who to contact or where to go.

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u/Master-Mango-1590 Oct 01 '22

I think wigs for kids is a good one. I have been looking into myself.

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u/Electrical-Act-7170 Oct 01 '22

About to donate for the 5th home to Locks of Love. I go to my local chain Hair Cuttery, they whack it off and send it into LoL.

Go back home, start growing it out again. Rinse, repeat.

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u/tatertot_once_again Oct 01 '22

I've heard locks of love was shadier. People have always told me to avoid that one.

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u/Electrical-Act-7170 Oct 03 '22

I know 2 children who received wigs from LoL.

One with allopecia and one with cancer hair loss. That's enough for me.

I've had 5 different cancer diagnoses in my life. I'm here so I want to help. This is something I can do.

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u/Alexander-is-pissed Oct 01 '22

Just as a heads up, don’t donate through Locks of Love; they have a huge problem of wasting donated hair

Source: https://youtu.be/D_QMxmY5IDU

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u/dchttjfde Oct 01 '22

The last two times I’ve donated to Children With Hair Loss. They are based in Michigan.

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u/tatertot_once_again Oct 01 '22

I'll check them out, thanks.

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u/Alexander-is-pissed Oct 01 '22

Just as a heads up, don’t donate through Locks of Love; they have a huge problem of wasting donated hair

Source: https://youtu.be/D_QMxmY5IDU

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u/Iwasnamediann Sep 30 '22

She is nothing short of a warrior. She is deserving of her happiness and peace.

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u/Iwasnamediann Oct 01 '22

She isn’t a warrior for fighting the good fight and nerve surrendering to her circumstances?

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u/ShitbashGod Sep 30 '22 Helpful

Fuck dude I’m gonna cry

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u/CrazyEd38239 Oct 01 '22

I'm not crying, you're crying.

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u/_haplo Sep 30 '22

Beautiful either way.

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u/enterbannie Sep 30 '22

She smile, i cried 😭😭😭

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u/beef-jerking Oct 01 '22

She looked beautiful without it. It's badass to see people take the time to grow out their hair and donate it

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u/theangryintern Oct 01 '22

I've been lazy the past couple years and haven't gotten a hair cut at all (I'm a dude). Longest my hair has ever been in my entire life. I'm thinking of growing it out long enough to be able to donate to Locks of Love.

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u/saintblasphemy Oct 01 '22

Please try to look for another donation org. I'm not going to slam locks of love, but they have some shady business practices. My good friend grows his hair out all year and then cuts it off to donate before the next summer begins. I think what you want to do is really sweet, but finding a local organization may be the best way to ensure your hair goes to a good cause

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u/Alexander-is-pissed Oct 01 '22

Just as a heads up, don’t donate through Locks of Love; they have a huge problem of wasting donated hair

Source: https://youtu.be/D_QMxmY5IDU

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u/Inspirational_Lizard Oct 01 '22

I just realized... how do wigs stay on?

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u/gibsung Oct 01 '22

Looks real hair to me and it suits her

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u/lakevalerie Sep 30 '22

Beautiful in every way❤️

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u/Ok-Classroom568 Sep 30 '22

Wow maybe I should just shave my head and get a wig

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u/themeatbridge Oct 01 '22

Remind me in two years to donate my hair.

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u/FantasticMud2071 Oct 01 '22

It doesn’t even look like a wig when its put on

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u/starlie086 Oct 01 '22

Add this to the “Jobs I Could Not Do” list. I would be bawling everyday!

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u/d0rkyd00d Oct 01 '22

This looks so natural and wonderful! What a great confidence boost for this young lady. Every girl deserves to feel like a princess if they wish, and it appears her wish came true.

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u/balllmanz Oct 01 '22

That temporarily thawed my frozen black heart.

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u/_Count_Dracula_ Sep 30 '22

So happy for her, looks great!

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u/NeighborhoodKitten Sep 30 '22

Yayyy so happy for her

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u/RoyalSpoonbill9999 Oct 01 '22

The best 🤘🏻

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u/p3opl3 Oct 01 '22

Amazong.

Does it ever grow back normally?

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u/ain92ru Oct 01 '22

Yes, in a few months once chemotherapy is over https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319446

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u/p3opl3 Oct 02 '22

Awesome, good to hear!

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u/Key-Tutor-544 Oct 01 '22

Awe..god bless that little girl!

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u/Redwingsfan1969 Oct 01 '22

Such a cutie. I pray she lives a long life.

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u/rnreno Oct 01 '22

That would be a very rewarding job. 🥰

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u/23Cs Oct 01 '22

If I had the hair to donate I would. Damn, male baldness.

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u/1kin Oct 01 '22

The way her posture changes is awesome, you can see how she gained confidence

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u/envyGeorgia Oct 01 '22

Aw yes :) it's so sweet I wish I could hug her

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u/mjbcmjbc Oct 01 '22

That smile is golden with or without the wig. You are beautiful inside and out!!! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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u/Cant_Spel Oct 01 '22

My daughter donated roughly 2 feet of her hair last year. We took her to one of the higher end salons in town. They didn't charge at all. Made her look amazing! This pic makes me smile SO MUCH. I love to think of someone needing this, getting her blond hair.

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u/Windows_Aether_95 Oct 01 '22

This reminds me of the time I donated my hair after going for the big chop a couple years ago, I really really hope I made a little girl happy with my hair!! 🥰

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u/misssnagglepussy Oct 01 '22

If your hair is right you feel like a million dollars and she does as you can see.

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u/NoLavishness572 Oct 01 '22

may She wear it well

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u/VF5 Oct 01 '22

How much does a wig like that cost? Do they last for a long time or do the hair rot after a couple of years.

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u/SafariNZ Oct 01 '22

Was I the only one wondering why her legs were tied together?
Lovely to see her so happy.

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u/FreakshowMode Oct 01 '22

Incredible moment for her. Kudos to those who donate.

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u/ongabonga6969 Oct 01 '22

Here before mods give this post the 🔒 award

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u/New_Independent_9221 Oct 01 '22

how long does a wig like this last?

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u/NorthWestSaint Oct 01 '22

That’s fantastic.

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u/THEPHIBBS Oct 01 '22

Looks beautiful girly

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u/abalien Oct 01 '22

It's gorgeous. Thank God these things have improved. She looks wonderful.

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u/NorthEnglandChap Oct 01 '22

My daughter loved her long hair but she read about a charity in the UK and had it cut short to donate to them. I was very proud. UK base one here -

https://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/donate-hair

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u/Noob_CatZooba Oct 01 '22

This is adorable. God bless that woman and that little girl!

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u/simpledimple_01 Oct 01 '22

bless her 🥰

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u/CarVitoTV Oct 01 '22

This is exactly why I've been growing my hair for the last 2 and a half years. It's free to grow your hair and can bring so much joy to a child that's already going through such an incredible difficult time, without having to lose their hair as well.

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u/Alexander-is-pissed Oct 01 '22

Just as a heads up, don’t donate through Locks of Love; they have a huge problem of wasting donated hair

Source: https://youtu.be/D_QMxmY5IDU

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u/CarVitoTV Oct 01 '22

Thank you, but I'm in the UK and the one I'll be donating to is called Little Princess Trust. I'll also be raising money so if they don't end up using my hair, they'll at least be able to use that towards a wig.

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u/Hatemachine101 Oct 01 '22

Future heart breaker

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u/ApricotStrange829 Oct 01 '22

Is the kid okay? I hope she is healthy now and gets her hair back.

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u/mentallyillloner2 Oct 01 '22

Awww such a pretty girl! With or without hair! Bless her

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u/rhussia Oct 01 '22

She looks gorgeous 😍

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u/jstrange22 Oct 01 '22

I have an insane urge to chop and donate my hair now. It’s super long and thick. It might be enough to make more than one wig.

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u/Soggy-Suggestion-454 Oct 01 '22

Every time I see this subreddit I always wanna hug everyone in the posts

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u/lonewanderer1234 Oct 01 '22

I'm not crying my eyes are just sweating

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u/Sadomasarcasm Oct 01 '22

She is beautiful ❤

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u/yesiamark Oct 01 '22

wow.. spread love

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u/JATMWW Oct 01 '22

How amazing

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u/Moaac3 Oct 01 '22

Perfect

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u/Old_Journalist_8823 Oct 01 '22

♥️♥️♥️♥️

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u/Tralfaz572 Oct 01 '22

All my life I had short hair. During Covid I worked from home and had nowhere to go, so at 47, I decided to grow my hair out for the first time ever and then donate it to Wigs For Kids. It was an interesting experience to have hair halfway down my back, but I was glad when it was cut to donate. It’s nice to see the smile on a child’s face when they receive something like this.

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u/HellNahISayNahNahNah Oct 01 '22

And this is why I donate my hair

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u/byebyebrain Oct 01 '22

My daughter died at 40 weeks. We were in the delivery room about to give birth and there wasn't a heartbeat. I grew my hair out for the next year until it got to 9 inches in length. I cut it off and donated it to a children's cancer company in hopes that it was made into a wig for moments like this. If you're going to cut your hair off, please think about donating it.

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u/Upset-Charge Oct 01 '22

Yo, that wig be looking GOOD on her though!

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u/SonataInGMajor Oct 01 '22

I've donated hair three times so far, seeing her smile like that just confirms why I want to keep doing it for the rest of my life

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u/Alana-Rules101 Oct 01 '22

She looks beautiful my heart is melting

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u/Perfect-Amphibian862 Oct 01 '22

Awww this is lovely! And the girl is beautiful both without and with the wig.

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u/OddlySexyPancake Oct 01 '22

Why are her legs tied up

Edit: oh I’m dumb

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u/Ambitious-Site-4747 Oct 01 '22

Currently in year 3 of growing my hair and I've donated once before and plan to continue as long as I can! This made me so happy 😁

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u/smoll-rox Oct 01 '22

Cancer?

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u/Fedurmom Oct 30 '22

The patches on her head looked more like alopecia

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u/GarglinDeezNuts Oct 02 '22

ngl i thought the mannequin in the background was something else

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u/2catslover 9d ago

Beautiful ❤️

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u/[deleted] Oct 01 '22

May God help

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u/[deleted] Oct 01 '22

Why her legs are tied ☠️