A piece of her love

Elementary student donates
hair to Locks of Love

Organization provides
hairpieces for sick children

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (January 2010) – When 8-year-old Faith Stoltz decided to donate her long, straight brown hair to Locks of Love, there was no changing her mind. With 10 inches of hair gone, she selflessly gave of herself to help others in need.
Stoltz, a second-grader at Kenwood Station Elementary School in Crestwood, Ky., had discussed donating her hair to the Locks of Love organization for some time with her mother.

Faith Stoltz

Photos provided

Eight-year-old Faith Stoltz had 10 inches
of her hair cut to donate to Locks of Love.
In the picture below, Faith is shown
before she generously donated her locks.

Faith Stoltz

“It’s something we had talked about for a couple of years,” said her mother, Melissa Moore-Stoltz.
When her mother asked her if she would like to grow out her hair and donate it, Stoltz answered her with a definite “yes.” The 8-year-old knew it was the right thing to do.
“I tried to get her to wait until spring,” said Moore-Stoltz. “But her answer was ‘No. Let’s do it now!’ ”
Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 in the United States and Canada. The recipients are children who suffer from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis, such as cancer treatments or a condition known as alopecia areata.
“Faith was very excited at the thought that other children could also help,” said Moore-Stoltz, whose own mother had cancer and wore a wig. This was Stoltz’ introduction to the idea that others, including children, needed wigs and hairpieces.
“I knew that it would go to a child that was sick,” said Stoltz. But she admitted that it made her feel a little weird to know that another child would be wearing her hair.
Most wigs are made to fit adult heads, so Locks of Love provides a much needed service for children. Hairpieces can help restore self-esteem, confidence and provide a sense of normalcy to a child that has undergone a traumatic medical experience.
Donated hair has to be at least 10 inches in length. Stoltz had her hair cut on Oct. 12, 2009, by hair stylist Paula Chelf. Chelf is a friend of Stoltz’s mother and works from her home-based salon in Crestwood.
After 26 years of cutting hair, Chelf said she has seen an increase within the last 10 years in the number of people donating their hair to Locks of Love. There are more individuals in their 20s and 30s donating hair, she said.
“It’s a wonderful thing to do,” said Chelf. She has several customers that have grown their hair out and donated it more than once. Chelf feels there is more public awareness to hair loss because of medical conditions and individuals are more conscience of donating their hair now than they used to be.
“Anytime you can help someone else out, it’s a good cause,” said Chelf about the Locks of Love organization. Women and girls are often more concerned with how their hair affects their looks, and it’s a great idea “for kids to grow their hair out and donate it.”
Though none of her classmates in Doty’s second-grade class have donated hair, Stoltz said she hopes her doing so will encourage them to do the same. When asked if she would consider donating her hair again in the future, Stoltz replied, “Maybe.”

• For more information about Locks of Love, visit: www.LocksOfLove.org.

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