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Just a few thoughts...

OT - 15 & 1/2 Inches to Locks of Love... 
Aug. 31, 2010 8:41 pm 
Updated: Sep. 7, 2010 6:17 pm
My son will be leaving September 12th for the Army.  His going away party was this past Sunday and he has naturally curly hair that is typically pulled back in a pony tail.  His friends, family and even his recruiters all said he had to donate to Locks of Love.  So with great ceremony, at 4:00 a good friend came and did the honors.  15-1/2" of dark brown, curly hair is making its way to Locks of Love.

I hardly recognize my own kid!  He didn't get totally shaved, just a close cut.  (The Army will take care of that for him...) 

(I did consider keeping it for myself as my hair is very short, thin and fine.  I'm talking some really good looking hair extensions.  Just kidding!)

Anyone out there with long hair that is having the urge to get it cut - be sure to consider Locks of Love.  What a beautiful gift to be used by someone that has lost their own hair.

Thanks for "listening".

John's Going Away Party
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The Hair Cut - These are definitely Locks of Love!
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Aug. 31, 2010 8:48 pm
Oh God Love him MB!! That is soo great and Thank You for raising such a terrific kid! I stand corrected, Future Hero:)
Aug. 31, 2010 9:27 pm
Thanks Patty Cakes!
Aug. 31, 2010 9:38 pm
Ouch, my shoulder is hurting from reaching around and patting myself on the back for actually getting photos on this darn thing. A first for everything. Yeah!
Aug. 31, 2010 9:38 pm
HOOAH!!! Thanks so much for the donation to Locks of Love! They are SO deserving and do so much good. Now on to your son. God bless him (and your family) for his service and give him my thanks for volunteering to protect my freedom!! By raising that young man, you have served our country too. ♥
Aug. 31, 2010 9:40 pm
Thanks Mimosa! We have a girl in the neighborhood that grows her hair to the required amount (I think it's a minimum of 10") and donates it each and every time she gets it cut.
Aug. 31, 2010 9:54 pm
Hey, that's awesome, MB. Thanks for including pics. He sounds like a terrific guy. My little girl, she's 12, had her head shaved 5 months ago for cancer, and had enough to donate for a wig as well (that was her motivation). She has the cutest pixie haircut now, but she wants to grow it out all the way. God bless and keep your boy!
Aug. 31, 2010 9:58 pm
Please tell John thank you for making that donation! My daughters and I have donated our hair multiple times (my 14 year old has already donated three times!). Both of my daughters ask me to measure their hair on a regular basis to see if they have enough to donate again (you are correct...they need a minimum of 10 inches to donate). I sometimes wonder if they spend extra time brushing it to try to make it grow faster LOL! Your son did a great thing by choosing to donate. Please also thank him for choosing to join the military. That's an awesome thing to do.
Sep. 1, 2010 4:49 am
That is so cool! I wish mine grew faster, it grows SO slow, even when I was younger.
Sep. 1, 2010 5:29 am
Awesome MB!! Thanks for sharing this. Locks of Love would be the ONLY motivation for cutting my hair (it's about 24" long). Only problem is, they don't want silver hair. :( Guess I'll keep it. ♥
Sep. 1, 2010 6:55 am
Locks of Love is a great thing isn't it? I have had no daughters who grew their hair out that long, but if they ever did, I would certainly want to donate it. I know plenty of people who do that though! And bless your son for serving our country!
Sep. 1, 2010 8:24 am
Too cool. Great blog!
Sep. 1, 2010 8:29 am
God Bless our troops!!
Sep. 1, 2010 8:54 am
As the mother of a precious daughter who has battled breast cancer, I'm just in tears as I read your blog. God bless you for raising up a young man who loves our country and God bless you for thinking of someone who needs what he had to give......beautiful hair. Great blog! You made my day.
Sep. 1, 2010 8:55 am
BYW......during Lisa's chemo, she had 2 beautiful wigs made entirely of donated hair from the "Locks of Love" foundation.
Sep. 1, 2010 9:47 am
Thanks everybody for their kind comments. Candice, I'm getting all weepy-eyed from your comments. Hope your daughter is doing well. I can just picture someone that really deserves a break to get a wig with all of that curly hair. As you can see from the photos, it forms natural ringlets and has great "bounce". Mine... straight as an arrow (sigh...)
Sep. 1, 2010 9:53 am
BTW, don't you love it when kids have the urge to donate? Some people think "kids have no respect these days." Maybe they've just never taken the time to really look at kids as individuals and see what they can do. Kind of veering from the subject, but as adults we make choices based on information that we process. Kids make decisions based on their feelings. Donating hair, lemonade stands to raise money, etc. - you get the idea. CC & Keri should be very proud!
Sep. 1, 2010 10:53 am
BTW, Locks of Love does accept grey hair. They sell it to offset their costs, but they do use it!
Sep. 1, 2010 11:16 am
Thanks for commenting. I thought they might accept gray or silver hair, but hadn't gotten back to the website to check.
Sep. 1, 2010 11:18 am
I cannot Wait till my hair turns grey, it is sooo pretty!
Sep. 1, 2010 11:18 am
I have donated too! And I'm almost long enough to donate it again! It does feel good to do it. ANd it offsets the shock of cutting so much hair at once.
Sep. 1, 2010 11:41 am
Good for you Chicago! As a kid I didn't cut my hair once from 5th grade to Sr. in high school and I still didn't get hair that was very long. Do you have some kind of growth hormone in your shampoo? Just kidding!
Sep. 1, 2010 3:29 pm
How cool. Congrats to your son and all the best as he enters our armed forces.
Sep. 2, 2010 5:10 am
That is so awesome!! Tell your son Thank You and God Bless Him And Our Troops!!!!
Sep. 4, 2010 4:21 am
Please thank your son for me for being such a responsible citizen on so many levels. Nice to see a young person with a positive life plan.
Sep. 5, 2010 4:42 am
MB: That's awesome. Best of luck to John in his new endeavor. You should be very proud. PS: I am currently growing my third Locks of Love donation.
Sep. 5, 2010 6:55 am
What a great and caring thing to do!!!!! Boy that is some nice looking hair! You must be so proud!!!
Sep. 5, 2010 10:51 am
You should be so proud. I wish more men would do this. If I cut 15 inches off my hair, I would be bald.... and that is not a good look on a woman. lol My dh has been growing his hair our for 2 years (beautiful straight, thick, brown hair). Last saturday I cut it all off, and sent it to locks of love as well. Its such a simple thing to do that can mean so much to a child in need.
Sep. 5, 2010 11:37 am
He's done a great thing! I've donated twice. 18 inches, then 15 of curly red hair.
Sep. 5, 2010 11:39 am
Just donated 12 inches!! What a great cause!!
Sep. 5, 2010 2:59 pm
Thanks so much for all of the kind remarks, and I know anyone that has been on the receiving end of Locks of Love appreciates all of your donations. All of you great folks that can actually grow hair that long! (which means I can't) LOL! We've spent this past week checking in with relatives and getting our "goodbyes" in, so he can get ready for his next adventure. He leaves next Sunday for Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He decided to go into the military because he didn't want to be 20 years old and living at home with Mom & Dad because he had to, not because he wanted to. No jobs in the area, even with 2 years of automotive training. Sooo...he'll get his mechanics training in the Army. Yeah, we're just a little bit proud. Hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday weekend (and keep growing that hair!)
Sep. 5, 2010 4:50 pm
What a wonderful young man! Enlisting in the Army and donating his hair to Locks of Love. Thank him for doing both for me. You must be so proud.
Sep. 5, 2010 7:32 pm
One manly hug coming up... Thanks Mike & BigShots!
Sep. 5, 2010 7:34 pm
Additional note: Check out everybody above that has donated more than once to Locks of Love. Some are on their third time! Yeah!!
Sep. 5, 2010 7:36 pm
Also check out the story from Keri on how her daughter decided to donate. Awesome... 
Sep. 5, 2010 7:39 pm
I so applaud anyone who can grow enough hair to donate to such a good cause. But again MB, I still think that is so neat your son did it!!!!
Sep. 5, 2010 7:46 pm
Thanks Cat, I appreciate it.
Sep. 5, 2010 7:58 pm
Very good of him! I wish him well in his new endeavor. I've donated my hair 4x. I wish I'd heard of locks of love the first time a friend cut my hair in high school (it was literally the first time I had cut it--ever!). Now I just grow it and chop it off every 2 years or so . ..:o)
Sep. 6, 2010 8:15 am
OOHRAH...ok yeah that is a Marine thing...but Bless your son's heart for first choosing to serve his country and for the donation to locks of love. I tell everyone about that wonderful progam it is! God's speed.
Sep. 6, 2010 10:12 am
I absolutely love donating to Locks of Love, I did the first time about 4 years ago (18 inches), and did again about 6 months ago (12 inches). I'm glad your son did the same, you must be so proud of his selflessness both in helping those in need and for protecting our country! God bless him!
Sep. 6, 2010 12:20 pm
Wow Pomplemousse - 4 times? Yeah! Griffin-thumbs up to you too! Thanks Avien! It's nice that the military encourages donating. When my son was at MEPS for testing/physical they mentioned it.
Sep. 7, 2010 2:26 am
After my DDs donated hair 2x, I thought that I should get in on the act! So, even I patiently grew my hair long enough (and it happened before I went gray!), I donated my hair. I don't think I could be that patient again, I like shorter hair that is not always flying in my face! It now looks funny to go back through family photos and see long hair!
Sep. 7, 2010 10:03 am
My dd did this last year..:O)
Sep. 7, 2010 11:33 am
Thank you for sharing. I found this story by accident while looking for a recipe. Tomorrow I will be helping my dearest friend. She started her second time thru chemo and I will use my clippers again to shave her head. I shave mine first so she doesn't feel so bad. God bless.
Sep. 7, 2010 2:48 pm
Hats off to your son for his service to our country and for his donation to Locks of Love! He is definitely a hero in my book! What a wonderful son you have, you must be very proud! God Bless and many thanks to him for his selfless act of protecting our freedom!!!
lisa j 
Sep. 7, 2010 5:20 pm
My daughter did it once, and now is ready to donate again. First time she did it was the day of her Christmas Dance at her new High School. Her date couldn't believe it. (neither could she!) She did it in the genuine spirit of helping sick kids. She said "Well, I feel really bad little kids are sick and have no hair. I have so much of it. I don't mind cutting it off to help them". Gotta love that spirit! She was 13 at the time.
Sep. 7, 2010 5:39 pm
I donated to locks of love when I was 12 and regret it now that I know more about the organization. They promote the idea that their wigs go to children with cancer when in reality most of the wig recipients have alopecia areata. Locks of love also sells donated hair and has failed to meet the Better Business Bureau's standards for charity accountability in the past. I feel bad knowing that there are more reputable organizations out there I could have donated to.
Sep. 7, 2010 6:17 pm
Whether it was yourself or your family that donated, hats off! Gramcracker, what a great friend you are to go thru this with your pal. LemonLeaf, I hadn't heard any bad things about Locks of Love. I understand that not all of the hair goes to cancer patients. I also got the impression that they sell the gray/silver hair. I don't know if there are other organizations out there that take hair donations, but obviously this is the one that gets the most publicity. Hopefully, someone deserving can benefit from all of these donations, whether they suffer from cancer or some other type of disorder that makes them lose their hair. I think everybody assumes that all are cancer patients, when in reality there are all types of things that can cause hair loss and it really is a loss of self esteem that can be so damaging. Thanks everyone for commenting!
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