I mentioned Locks of Love once before and now I am bringing it up again.  While not a huge fan of the holiday season, it does tend to make me think about things greater than myself and my own circle of family and friends.  While I try to lend a hand where I can year round, this time of year makes me think about helping others even more. 

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"Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics.

Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers."

          So how can you help?

1.  Donate your hair.  Braid the hair, or put it in a ponytail and lop it off!  10" or more is needed to make a wig.  However, if you don’t have 10" to donate, the hair is still useful!  The hair will be sold to help offset manufacturing costs.  Keep in mind that many salons that are familiar with Locks of Love (LOL) will provides services at a reduced rate or even free if they know you are donating your hair!

2.  Volunteer.  You can hold your own LOL fundraising event, or become a participating salon!  You could also form a church group, high school service group/club, even Boy/Girl Scout troops!  Any group can help!

3.  Buy Curly from Charity Bear and 10% of the gross proceeds will go to LOL.      

4.  Shop at Albertson’s.  Albertson’s will donate 4% of all purchases to LOL when shoppers use their LOL Community Partners Card.  Click here for more information about this option.

5.  ShopForGiving.  ShopForGiving has agreed to donate 10% of all purchases to LOL when shoppers enter the site by clicking the present, which can also be found here if you don’t see the LOL logo on the left side tool bar.

6.  You can also post the LOL banner on your site to show support and raise awareness!  Click here to see the banner at the bottom of the page and to get further instructions, or just copy it from above and link it to LOL

7.  Financial contribution.  You can make a donation with a check or credit card, either over the site or through the mail.  The mailing address is:

2925 10th Avenue N

Suite 102

Lake Worth, FL      33461-3099

Fax: (561) 963-9914

Click here to see other big-hearted donors!

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