Grow Long Hair

& Donate to Wigs For Kids

I can check off 2 items for this one “Grow Long Hair” and “Donate to…”

Back in 2013 a friend mentioned she was going to start growing out her hair and donate to Locks of Love. I thought, why not do that too!! When I mentioned it to my hair stylist, she told me to look at other organizations that create wigs for children. People assume the wigs they make and give to kids are free. It’s not true. Plus, it is mostly for children that suffer alopecia areata (a type of hair loss). Not to say that is not also important to give wigs to kids that have that, but I was thinking of donating toward a wig for a child that has to deal with cancer (or wider range of reasons a child lost their hair). Researching more, I found they use a sliding fee based on parent’s income. And even though they accept at least 10 inches of pretty much any type of hair (even dyed), they don’t use all of it. Some they sell off. Maybe to help keep costs of making the wigs down, but that was still unclear to me.

I was disillusioned with Locks of Love and started looking for other organizations that fit more with what I wanted my hair to be donated for. I came across Wigs for Kids. “For children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.” And as far as I can tell, they work to make the wigs complimentary to children.

Side note: I saw on the Wigs for Kids website they have a Girl Scout patch for donating. Where was that when I was a Scout? Would have been fun to earn.

The requirements for Wigs for Kids is at least 12 inches and no chemical treatment to the hair. I figured I can do this challenge and let my hair grow long. It had been quite a challenge for me. I usually keep my hair chin length and anytime it starts to touch my shoulders I chop it off. It’s also quite thick, so when I do the chop, I can feel the weight come off my head. I’ve liked to dye it a reddish color. Growing up it stayed a light brown due to me swimming year round. When I stopped swimming, it went back to my natural color which is a very dark brown and I was very much not used to that. Friends even asked if I dyed my hair.

It took about 4 years to grow, and as soon as I could, I chopped it off as part of a birthday treat for myself. I got it layered and colored.

The back ponytail reached 12 inches but the other ponytails were a tad short. Plan B, donate that one ponytail to Wigs for Kids and the rest to PanteneBeautiful Lengths program. They provide free wigs for women battling cancer. Their requirements were at least 8 inches and color free. Done!!

It was fun to grow out my hair to see how it looked and felt. People said long hair looks good on me. I might grow it out long again but this time style it more than just an even cut and see how that looks. And down the road, I might donate it again. I hope that little bit of hair will help add to making a wig for a child and a woman and bring a smile to their faces.

Have you donated your hair? What organization and how was your experience?

Donate Blood

Lost Some of My Blood For A Good Cause!

Yesterday was my very first time donating blood and I am very proud of having done it. You might be asking why this is such a big deal, the answer is because it scares me alot. When I’ve heard of people donating blood in the past, I thought, oh good for them, no way would I do that.

As I came across more and more chances, I pondered and debated and became more and more tempted. When I got this most recent opportunity and I knew I couldn’t pass it up and at least go for the experience. As well as helping to save a life.

Got signed up for any appointment and as it got closer to the time I needed to be there, I was very close to backing out. But I decided to suck it up and go. I was very much hoping that they would end up telling me thanks for trying but we can’t use your blood. (because it would be anemic, i’d be to dehydrated for them to get to the veins, my veins would just not pop up, or the fact that I traveled out of the country the last 3 years would cause my blood to not be okay for use right then) They gave me the all clear after the initial questions and tests.

DARN IT. I would have to really do this. I know I was having a little panic attack. I didn’t want to have a needle be stuck in me and I REALLY didn’t want to see any blood. I have no idea why I should be panicking about it. You lay down, hold out your arm and they do all the work really. You just are there to give up a pint of blood in a pretty comfortable way.

It’s a good thing those nurses are funny and easy to talk to. I might have sat down and then jumped up and said, nope can’t do this. I felt that pinch and stayed still. When it was done, I went to the front of the bus and enjoyed some goldfish as I crossed my fingers I wouldn’t faint. There was a couple of times I was younger and went with my mom and sis, my mom went to get blood drawn. My sis watched, I didn’t. But I still got light headed and very white as we walked out. Enough so that I had to quickly sit down for a few minutes. And that was what I was worried would happen here. But I sat and listened to the them joke to the 2 guys getting their blood drawn out.

I asked for a photo and they offered to have me hold a bag of blood. I declined on that part. I know it’s much needed but I don’t know if I could do this again. I would have to pump myself up and keep repeating, it’s okay, there’s nothing to it. It is only about 20 minutes of your time, so if you can do it, i’d suggest you do and help those that need it.

Have you donated?