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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Q5: Letting go for Locks

  • Mary Hanley, Leona Sanford and Olivia Timmons are third-graders at Xavier Catholic School, who recently got their hair cut and donated it to Locks of Love. The nonprofit charity provides wigs for ill children who have lost their hair due to medical treatment.
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  • Mary Hanley, Leona Sanford and Olivia Timmons are third-graders at Xavier Catholic School, who recently got their hair cut and donated it to Locks of Love. The nonprofit charity provides wigs for ill children who have lost their hair due to medical treatment.
    Below, the local students talk about their donations.
    1. Girls, why did you decide to have your hair cut and donate it to Locks of Love?
    Mary: "I wanted to help the children who are going through severe cases of cancer."
    Leona: "This is my third time donating, but this time was extra special because my friends joined me. I like that I can help kids who are ill and need hair."
    Olivia: "I think that the kids that have cancer must be very sad when they lose their hair. So, I wanted to do something to make them feel better by donating my hair to help make wigs for them."
    2. Can you tell our readers what happens when Locks of Love receives your hair donations? What do they do with the hair and where do the hairpieces go?
    Mary: "Locks of Love makes wigs with the hair-pieces that we sent for children who have cancer, and have lost their hair because of the treatment."
    Leona: "Locks of Love makes hairpieces for kids who don't have hair. If the hair is too short, they will sell it and use the money towards the cost of making the hairpieces."
    Olivia: "They make wigs out of the hair strands and give them to kids who have lost their hair from their cancer treatments."
    3. When you think of the children who are going through illness and lose their hair, how do you think they feel when they receive the wigs with the hair that you have helped provide?
    Mary: "I think they would feel very happy."
    Leona: "I think they feel happy and more normal to have hair again."
    Olivia: "I think they feel excited to have hair again and happy that someone else thought to cut their hair off and give it to them."
    4. How does it make you feel to know you have helped in such a big way to make other girls and boys feel so much better while going through serious illness?
    Mary: "I feel very glad that I can do something really big that helps children who are very sick and don't have hair."
    Leona: "It makes me feel proud and good to do something that helps others."
    Olivia: "It makes me very glad I did that. I like to help other people in the ways that I can."
    5. What has been the best part of volunteering to have your hair cut off for Locks of Love, and will you do it again when it grows back?
    Page 2 of 2 - Mary: "I think the best part has been when the lady cut my hair and my friends', because it was exciting to see that our donation was really happening. I will do it again when my hair grows back."
    Leona: "I like the new style Amanda from Visions gave me when she cut my hair. Yes, I would love to do this again, especially if my two best friends will do it with me again."
    Olivia: "Thinking what the kids that have received my hair feel like when they get it has been the best part. I will do it again, hopefully next year when it grows back."
    — Rimsie McConiga
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