BENEFITING: Wigs for Kids, Inc.
My grandmother passed away about a year and a half ago. A few years before she died, she grew her hair out in good faith to donate toLocks of Love. Even though she had taken care to keep her hair healthy and groomed, her donation was turned away because they didn't want grey hair.
In her memory, I have grown my own thick, black hair out for 2 years with the intent of donating it to the same cause. After doing some research, I discovered that Locks of Love has a rather poor track record with wig production. They sell the majority of hair donations they receive, only make a little over 1,000 wigs a year, and charge for their wigs on a sliding scale based on the financial situation of the applicants. Applicants (primarily children with alopecia) also have to submit essays and two letters of recommendation to even be considered for a wig that will help them feel normal.
That lead me to Wigs for Kids which uses all of the hair they are donated (as long as it's not disqualified or damaged for whatever reason) and provide their wigs free-of-charge to the kids that need them. Production costs are high for human-hair wigs (about $1,800 apiece according to their website) and all costs are covered by donations - not insurance or out of the pockets of their recipients.
I am donating my hair, and I will donate as much money as I can, but I need help to reach my goal of $1,800 to help cover the costs that WFK would otherwise have to bear.
I still recommend that you watch the above video so that you can get a sense of who I am and, more importantly, who my grandmother was as well as who she was to me. Below is a link directly to my CrowdRise campaign, which will forward the donations directly to the charity. I won't ever see a penny of it.