Sisters Abby and Beverly Perley have truly demonstrated the phrase “lots of love” by each donating 10 inches of their hair to Locks of Love.
According to the organization’s Web site, Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under the age of 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areate, which has no known cause or cure.
This is the sisters’ second time to donate their hair - and if it’s grown back by next year, it won’t be their last time.
“We both donated our hair last year and I really think it’s for a good purpose,” said Abby 12. “Overall, it’s just something nice to do for others.”
“I just want to donate to people who have cancer and not fortunate to have hair,” said Beverly, 9-1/2. “I want them to always be able to have hair.”
Abby and Beverly donated the hair while on a visit to Waxahachie from River Falls, Wis., where they live with their parents, Steve and Wanda Perley. Their mother is the former Wanda Wilkie of Waxahachie, and they were visiting their grandparents, David and Jean Wilkie of Waxahachie, when the idea of donating their hair again surfaced.
Jean brought her granddaughters to The Hair House beauty salon, where beauticians Pat Hill and Robin Meisner did the honors of cutting the girls’ hair.
Surprised with the visit to the salon, both Beverly and Abby said it was worth it.
“I was a little nervous at first even though I’ve donated before, but the feeling I have after getting it done is an indescribable feeling to have,” Beverly said as she sat in the chair.
“It just feels good and there is really no other way to describe it,” Abby said. “I mean, I just feel like I am doing the right thing.”
Beauticians throughout the salon expressed their gratitude toward what the girls had done, and Jean said she was extremely proud as their grandmother.
“What they’ve done is made both Grandpa and I very proud of them,” she said. “They’re the ones who told me about Locks of Love.”
Locks of Love’s mission statement 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.
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