Summarized by Rosemary Pollock
Hair today, gone tomorrow - Sisters donate ponytails to Locks of Love charity
Provo UT Daily Herald 28Jul99 C8
By Candace Perry: Daily Herald
PROVO -- Locks of Love is a Florida-based organization run by women
suffering from alopecia. They have a vision to provide free wigs to
any young child in need and with the help of two young sisters from
Orem, Utah they are able to do just that. Melissa, 11, and Janina
Crandell, 8, cut off their 10-inch ponytails on Tuesday in an effort
"I wanted to help other people who didn't have any," Melissa said.
Melissa and Janina are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints and together with their young women's group decided
to help. Contributors joined together after watching a 20/20
television report. "We thought it would be a wonderful way for young
women to help young women," said Miken Johnson who supports the local
Locks of Love project.
Once the hair is donated, it takes l2-l4 ponytails to complete one
wig. The hair is custome-shaped to the recipient's head and dyed to
color. The vacuum-fitted piece allows the person to run and swim
without worry. "You will never know how it will change a life,"
Donated hair must be a least l0 inches long, clean, not chemically
damaged, braided or in a ponytail when it is cut, and then placed in
a zip-lock bag. "I would like to get some bikers with long hair,"
Johnson said. "I know they do some real benevolent things."
With a goal of 2000 inches by the year 2000, the local chapter will
require l0 inches of hair donated by 200 people. Locks of Love is
looking for sponsors to help with the minor costs of shipping the
hair and thank-you notes to contributors.
For more information to donate hair or funds, or to view the national
web site call, Miken Johnson at 374-0454 or Ryan Stice at 370-0860.