While this will remain a primarily technical blog, one thing I'm going to try and add is each Saturday I'll run an entry which is of interest to me (like the story of The Citadel Class of 1944) or where folks can give back in some way. The latter comes from my thoughts as to how junior high school students can have a positive impact on the world around us. I'm taking on the position of junior high youth minister at my church and one of the things I want them to see is that they aren't too young to make a difference.
This led me to thinking about something my wife and I have both done, which is donate our hair. There are two non-profit organizations which collect hair donations to provide hairpieces for children. This is something most folks, and especially youth, can participate in. I've donated my hair twice now and my wife three times. In my case I've gotten questions when I was letting my hair grow and it has led to others deciding to do the same thing.
The two organizations are:
Both require a ponytail or braid (clean). Locks of Love requires a length of at least 10 inches. Wigs for Kids wants a little more at 12 inches. Locks of Love tends to focus on alopecia areata, however, both provide hairpieces for children regardless of the reason as long as there is a need. If you aren't able to donate your hair, both organizations due take financial donations as the hairpieces are not cheap to make and they try to provide the hairpieces at little or no cost to the child receiving one.