Girl’s birthday gift to help others

THE SIXTEENTH birthday for any girl is a special time, but for Britteny Deems it was the birthday that she can say she got just what she wanted.

Deems, a St. Clairsville resident, told her mother that all she wanted for her 16th birthday was one thing. It wasn’t a new MP 3 player, not clothes, or even money, what Britteny wanted was to get her hair cut.

So what you say? Well, she wanted her hair cut so she could not only get her birthday present but she could give one also.

Britteny Deems donated her hair to “Locks of Love.” This program helps both boys and girls who have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure.

The prostheses provided through the program help the children restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

Although this may not be a problem with some people, others, especially the young have a hard time looking “different.”

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under the age of 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

The organization ask that those donating hair adhere to the following requirements:

Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable.

Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.

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.

The company cannot accept dreadlocks. They also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.

Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches and may be divided into multiple ponytails.

Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches, measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece.

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.

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