For over three and one half years I have been letting my hair grow so I could donate it to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs from human hair for young chemotherapy patients.
We "seasoned" ladies can donate, as well, but our lovely silver locks will be sold at fair market value to offset the cost of manufacturing the wigs for the youngsters. Hair must be 10 inches, tip to tip. I was going to wait until my birthday in July to cut it, but with the gardening season quickly coming, I felt like I needed a shorter style so I could pop in and out of the shower as often as needed.
Yesterday, I took the plunge and had my 14 inch ponytail cut! It went from this:
How odd it feels not to have all that hair on my neck!
But it certainly feels good to have done something for someone in need. Working in the medical field, I see the devastation of the effects of chemotherapy and I'm happy to have helped in this small way. This personal donation was so much more satisfying than sending a check to some charity only to have most of the money spent on "administrative costs".