St. Baldrick's is a fundraising foundation dedicated to raising funds for pediatric cancer research. Currently, only $1 of every $100 spent on cancer research goes to funding all of pediatric cancer research. Since the organization's inception in 2000, they have raised over $34 million for research funding. 83 cents of every dollar goes to funding, a very high percentage for a charitable foundation. Their fundraising centers around shaving the head of a volunteer, to promote solidarity with all these great kids who lose their locks to chemo. How it works: a volunteer will sponsor a child, and gets friends and family to contribute money to his fundraising efforts. There is then a public shaving to celebrate!
Well, I'm not sure that I (being female and not Britney Spears or Sinead O’Connor) will ever willing shave my head, but I have donated my hair twice for Locks of Love. They are a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The first time I donated, the length they asked for was 15 inches. It is now only 10 inches. Here are their guidelines if you wish to donate.
- 10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece. This includes hair that is colored or permed.
- Hair must be in a ponytail or braid before it is cut.
- Hair must be clean and completely dry before it is mailed in.
- Place the ponytail or braid inside of a plastic bag, and then inside of a padded envelope.
- Fill out the hair donation form, or write your name and address on a separate sheet of paper and include inside the envelope.
- All hair donations must be mailed to Locks of Love at:
2925 10th Avenue N, Suite 102
Lake Worth, FL 33461-3099
- Shorter hair will be separated from the ponytails and sold to offset the manufacturing costs. Although the shorter hair cannot be used in the hairpieces, it still greatly helps to reduce costs.
- Gray hair will be accepted and sold to offset the manufacturing costs.
- Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist.
- Hair that is swept off of the floor is not usable.
- Hair that is shaved off and not in a ponytail or braid is not usable.
- We cannot accept dreadlocks. Our manufacturer is not able to use them in our children’s hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.
" founder Jeffrey Paul cannot believe his incredible journey. He was a successful hairdresser with a thriving business. He traveled all over the world to work with powerful presidents and gorgeous models. But one day, his 15-year-old niece walked into his salon, crying. She tearfully begged him to stop her hair from falling out. My immediate thoughts were not serious.
But when I saw the look in her father’s eyes, I knew it was something more.” It turned out that she had just been diagnosed with leukemia. “Uncle Jeff, you know I’ve been trying to get on the gymnastics team all my life,” she cried. “My hair is going to be falling out when it’s time to try out.”
Although chemotherapy would help save her life, it would also leave her with no hair. “I promised her that she would have hair,” Paul says. “And when you make a promise to a kid, you keep it.” Read more here.
I hope you will consider making a monetary donation for Shadowfax/ St Baldwick's and maybe donating some of hair to one of the groups that make wigs. Hair, like blood, is a renewable resource. A bad haircut is only temporary.