If you're looking to donate with style, Locks of Love may be the organization for you. Operating as a not-for-profit organization, Locks of Love accepts hair donations to provide hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged youth, under 21 years old, who suffer long-term medical hair loss.
Locks of Love began as a not-for-profit organization in 1997 by retired cardiac nurse Madonna Coffman in Palm Beach. In her 20s, Coffman was diagnosed with alopecia areata, a medical condition causing hair loss on parts or all of the body. She later recovered, only to find her 4-year-old daughter suffering from the same condition. Understanding the hardship, Coffman put all her efforts into expanding her charity.
While most Locks of Love recipients suffer from alopecia, others may be burn victims or those who have undergone radiation treatment for various skin disorders or cancer.
For many of these children, the hairpieces restore a sense of self and identity. Because many children experience embarrassment due to hair loss, they may stop doing activities they enjoy. The hairpieces help them rebuild confidence, allowing them to participate in regular activities.
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