Vickie Lussier of Cherokee underwent her first haircut in several years Tuesday for a good cause, as Jane Schmillen cut a measured 27 inches of her hair to send to the 'Locks of Love' program.
Photos by Dan Whitney
The 'Locks of Love' program is a non-profit agency, headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, which provides "hair protheses," fashioned from donated locks of hair, to young children throughout the United Sates and Canada who have lost their own hair due to any medical condition.
Their stated mission is "to return a sense of self confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children," and the children receive their hair prostheses free of charge, or on a sliding scale, based on their financial need.
For the past five Decembers, Jane Schmillen of Cherokee has donated locks of hair which she has cut from some of her long-haired customers to the program.
Vickie Lussier holds up one part of her hair that has just been cut.
And so it was that on Tuesday, Cherokee resident Vickie Lussier came to Jane's Salon for her first haircut in almost 15 years. Locks of Love has set a minimum length of 10 inches for hair donations, and in the last four years, the longest hair which had been snipped for the project at Jane's Salon was 21 inches.
On Tuesday, Vickie Lussier donated a whopping 27 inches of her locks, and she hopes that her Christmas gift will brighten the world of a young child.