Alexis Schossow recently had her hair cut at Creative Cutters, and donated the hair to Locks of Love. Photo by Ken Ross
Alexis, the four-year-old daughter of Adam and April Schossow of Meriden had never had her hair cut, but she was not at all nervous when she went to Creative Cutters in Cherokee to have 12 inches of her long blonde locks cropped off.
Alexis would have a hairstyle similar to her mother's after she was done and the person cutting her hair was a family friend, Jane Schmillen. Most importantly, Alexis was having her hair cut for a worthy cause.
Through the Locks of Love organization, a wig maded from the hair would help out a child who had lost hair due to illness, like Schmillen's nephew, Taylor Harms. Taylor lived in Irving, Texas, was about the same age as Alexis until he recently succumbed to cancer.
Taylor Harms, seen with his mother Courtney, inspired a Meriden girl to donate to the Locks of Love program. Photo contributed
Alexis learned about Taylor, who lived in Irving, Texas, and about his need for new hair as a result of his illness but it hasn't yet been explained to Alexis why Taylor himself cannot be the beneficiary of her generosity.
It was an emotional experience for Jane Schmillen as she cut hair donated in memory of the son of her sister.
Alexis Schossow was pleased with the job Jane Schmillen did cutting her hair.
Creative Cutters offered free haircuts that day for anyone donating the hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.