Donations to help children who have lost their locks

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As the cheearleaders look on, Harpool Middle School teacher Jennifer Hutson takes the scissors to eighth grader Amy Whang's hair as students cut their hair to donate to it to make wigs for children with medical-related hair loss, Thursday, February 7, 2013, in Argyle, TX.
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ARGYLE — About 20 people this week donated their locks to help children who’ve experienced medical-related hair loss.

Harpool Middle School had a special pep rally Thursday during which children, staff and parents each donated a minimum 8 inches of their hair. The donated tresses will go to Michigan-based nonprofit organization Children With Hair Loss, which offers free hair replacements to child burn victims as well as children with cancer, alopecia and other diseases and disorders. Organizers said the donations are being sent to Children With Hair Loss next week.

Denton school district officials say the event is part of a schoolwide community service project that teaches students the importance of helping others.

The crowd roared and applauded as participants took a seat at the center of the Harpool Middle School gymnasium and allowed rally organizers with scissors in hand to cut off portions of their hair.

“It was really scary,” said Amy Whang. “I didn’t know what I would look like and everyone was kind of like yelling.”

The Harpool eighth-grader said that because she has long hair and knew other children don’t have the opportunity to grow their hair, she decided to donate.

She said it was her first time to have her hair cut to donate to a cause.

“That they will have my hair makes me feel a lot better,” Amy said. “It makes me feel really good because then I know I did something good.

“I think it’s cool that my school does this because it benefits younger or older kids that get hair.”

The hair deposit was the second hair donation for Denton resident Kari Stanley. She previously donated to Locks of Love. Stanley and her young daughter both donated hair at Thursday’s event in hopes of being able to help cancer survivors, she said.

“It always makes me feel better to help another person,” she said. “It’s just an easy way to help someone else out.”

Teacher and rally organizer Jennifer Huston said she was pleased and surprised with the turnout Thursday.

A total of 25 bags of hair were collected, she said. Friday morning, Hutson said she received another hair donation and students have come to her asking when she might do a future event in which they can participate.

“I did not expect near as many children wanting to donate their hair,” she said.

Karen Crozier, a curriculum technology specialist at Harpool, is the mother of a cancer survivor who experienced hair loss. She said it was the first time she’s donated hair to help cancer survivors having trouble with hair loss. Crozier said her hair is the shortest it’s been in 25 years.

“It feels great,” she said. “It’s just hair to me but to somebody that doesn’t have any, it might be really important. It will grow back and I can donate again.”

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876. Her e-mail address is btabor@dentonrc.com.


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