Cutting for a Cause

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

December 13, 2006

People packed into Starr Hill in Charlottesville to get into the spirit of giving this holiday season, by donating their hair.

"I'm really nervous right now," said Jane DeGeorge just before she got several inches of her hair cut off.

DeGeorge along with a number of others were all cutting off lots of hair for a good cause.

Hair donated at Starr Hill helped benefit Locks of Love, an organization that makes hair pieces for children.

And a cause like that was worth the trim to all of the donors.

"It's going to a kid that can't just grow back their hair like I can," said DeGeorge.

It takes at least ten inches to make a hair piece. That's what convinced one donor to cut off more than she planned to.

"The ten inch donations they will actually use for the kids who are sick and need it, so that really pushed me to just do the whole ten inches," said Mary Jane Arquette.

Brett Jordan helped organize the event. It was his second year putting it together, and for him the cause really hit home.

"It reminded me of a girl in my second grade class, she's the only girl in my second grade class I remember," said Jordan. "She had leukemia and she came back to school and she was definitely the center of attention, and that's what struck a nerve for me personally."

The goal Wednesday night was to get 70 or more donations. By 10pm, volunteers said they were very close to their goal. And achieving the goal was made a little easier with the help of stylists from a local salon.

"It's actually incredible after a full day of working, and then come in and volunteer," said Trish Pugh. She and her stylists volunteer their time to cut the hair. "It just makes it special, especially for the kids. That's what it's all about," she said.

And even though the cuts might feel a little short now, DeGeorge said, "It's just hair. It'll grow back."

Organizers and donors said often times hair pieces for children can cost several thousand dollars, since they are custom-fitted to each child.

Their hope was that with their donation will hope those who truly need it the most.

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