This week my little girl decided she wanted to cut her hair and donate it to "Stiching Haarwensen". This is a foundation that provides wigs to children (up to the age of 18) that loose their hair due to chemotherapy or a diseas called alopecia.
Wigs are expensive. Made from real hair they cost between 1.500 and 2.000 euros and health insurance covers only a maximum of 393 euros. Therefore a lot of parents can't afford to get their child a really nice wig. They either have to cover their heads with caps or with synthetic wigs.
After chemotherapy it sometimes takes up to 2 years before the first hair comes back. Having a wig that is made from real hair helps children to get their self confidence-back. They look "normal" and are not stared at in public anymore. Being ill is bad enough as it is, looking ill makes it even harder. Here you can find some stories (in dutch) from children that were lucky to receive a wig and how it helped them.
"Stichting Haarwensen" makes a lot of children and their parents happy by providing these wigs for free! To make them they need hair that is healthy, not bleached and not grey and at least 25cm (10 inches) long. So this afternoon we had an appointment at the hairdresser and 25 cm was cut from Marlijn's long blonde locks:
Doesn't she look sweet with her short haircut?? Proud mommy here! :)
Now, if you have long hair and were thinking of changing your look, please consider donating your hair for the good cause! It can be so easy to make someone very happy! If you're Dutch visit the "Stichting Haarwensen"-webiste here. If you're from another country just google on hair donation (or the equivalent in your own language) and you'll find several oppertunities!
Have a lovely weekend!