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Locks of Love coming to Trine
Donations help kids with hair loss
The Trine University Office of Student Life and Bon Appétit will host a third annual Locks of Love event on Monday, Feb. 9 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Whitney Commons café in the Trine University Center.
Finishing Touch salon of Angola will donate its services in collecting donations of hair which are 10 inches in length, clean, dry, and unbleached. Drop boxes will be placed in the Office of Student Life and Whitney Commons to collect donations of new hair brushes, ribbons, and barrettes.
The organization also collects donated hair bundled into a ponytail or braid. Hair to which color or permanents have been applied is acceptable. Tax-deductible monetary donations, 100 percent of which go to Locks of Love, will also be accepted.
Locks of Love is a public, non-profit organization that provides vacuum-fitted hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. The hair donations meet a unique need by providing material for high-quality hair prosthetics designed to attach without tape or glue. The prostheses help restore self-esteem and confidence in children with hair loss.
The organization formed in 1998 to provide the prostheses to children ages 6-18. The hairpieces require from six to 10 hair donations and around 4-6 months to manufacture.
“We will also be accepting postage stamps, so there are other ways to give,” said Deby Pranger, an organizer of the event for Bon Appétit. “Watch for the pink boxes located in many areas.”