Wigs 4 Kids

Rating: 4.86 stars   80 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services, Cancer

Location: 30126 Harper St. Clair Shores MI 48082 USA

Mission: Wigs 4 Kids is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that reaches out to Michigan children and teens with hair loss to help them regain self-esteem. Our program assists young people, aged 3 through 18, with hair loss from cancer treatments, alopecia and other conditions by providing age-appropriate, custom-fitted wigs at no cost. Wigs 4 Kids supports these young people as they struggle for social acceptance based on physical appearance and helps kids improve their self-image by enabling them to look more like their peers. Wigs 4 Kids is funded solely on the basis of contributions and gratefully accepts donations.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered for four hours. The place definitely has a great value and mission. It's definitely an inspiring and upholding place for clients who are going through cancer treatment. It was a warming and welcoming environment "for the customers". However, behind the scene was a terrible experience. You cannot be a leader but mistreat your staff. You cannot be rude to your staff in front of customers. If you're going to be a leader, you have to treat "everybody" with dignity and respect. The boss was a hypocrite who tries to present herself as a great, caring, and loving person for the kids. You cannot put your standards higher than the people who works for you. If it wasn't for them to help run your place, you will not be where you are today. Another staff was asked or "demanded" to take care of another task with an attitude and high tone in front of a customer. I am sure the staff feels degrading. This boss had little patience when it comes to hearing what anyone else has to say. It was a horrible experience volunteering for this place. If you're going to donate or take their service, I recommend it. But do not volunteer or work for the owner of this place. She treats you with no respect. She's all over the place and cannot make up her mind of what she wants you to do. She will try to manipulate you for not having "enough skills" when really she's the one who does not have clear instructions. This is to all students who are interning. Definitely not a great scene for helping out in the back.

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I thank you for your feedback, honesty and candor. We are very fortunate to work with hundreds of volunteers, many of them students and interns. I obviously agree that we have a great mission and do wonderful work here. Thank you for the time you gave to help our program.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

We donated my son's hair of 10"... He always got called a girl, but he didn't care, because it was one gift we could afford to give. We heard about the organization through the salon we go to. We decided to give to this one, because one of the bigger organizations would charge for the wigs and this is free!!!. For the kids who need it. We received the postcard with the thanks and it will always be a reminder to him..

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I convinced my neighbor, ( a gentleman) to donate his long hair he was gettg ready to cut. He hadn.t considered this idea. I did all of his registerg and mailg for him. The certificate u mailed him thanking him for his donation made him relize what an impact his donation meant. It put so.ething in his hands he could touch and look at to remind him there r wonderful people like u that help in ways we dont even consider. U guys rock!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I have known the Founder of this organization for 11 years. Met her professionally, when i was assigned by my editor to write a story on this new non-profit. Since that time Maggie and I have become like-minded, close friends. I'm now an Advisory Board member of Wigs 4 Kids, and have the deepest respect for what Maggie and her staff do to support our sweet "kids" in need. It's fulfilling to see the love at the Wellness Center for our "kids." For any negative remark or review there may be, there are easily 10 positive reviews to back that up. There's a sense of purpose in supporting this organization. I'm happy to be on this journey with Maggie, the kids, her staff, and our board.

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Rating: 4 stars  

My 8 y.o. daughter gets excited to donate when the time is right. My wife and I take her to Wigs for Kids every time, we have donated her hair 3 times now and will continue to support this worthy local cause.

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Rating: 2 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Actually I was disappointed finding out what happened after my daughter chose this charity to donate her hair this time around. When my husband dropped it off, since it was "local" instead of a thank you and something for the scrapbook. They were more invested in making him but a tshirt for $25. Was the hair (very long, very thick) not a huge donation? Apparently not appreciated to even give the child a tshirt. No they wanted cash too. Definitely won't be the place she donated to the next time around.

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T-shirts are available for purchase inside our Wellness Center, yet we never require our hair donors to buy them. We are so fortunate to receive over 6,000 hair donations a year and we greatly appreciate each one. As much as we are grateful for our hair donors, there is no way we could provide a t-shirt to everyone. If we gave a t-shirt to one child, we would have to give a t-shirt to all. This is not a lack of appreciation, as the funds raised go directly to the children we serve and to continue our mission. It takes $800 to turn hair donations into a wig for a child in need and as a nonprofit, our t-shirt revenue helps make this program possible. Respectfully, Maggie Varney Founder & CEO Wigs 4 Kids

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer for 11 years. I have learned so much by being a part of this organization. Not only had my personal life been affected so has my career life. I have never met such a dedicated person like Maggie. She cares for all her kids and all her volunteers and board members. This organization not only helps the life's of the kids but also their families, friends and schools. I am a better person because of this organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

WIGS4KIDS Is a Non-profit organization which in my mind supersedes many!!!! Parents have enough to worry about with costs of healthcare, medications, and other bills not paid due to leave of absences from work. I have been involved with WIGS4KIDS for ten years now and have seen the impact personally on each and every child that has walked through the doors. Maggie is kind, courteous, understanding, vibrant, educated and loving. She has the passion no other women has that I have ever met. Even during her own health battles, she put these kids first. Not only has this organization helped these children, it has also broadened my horizons, taught me valuable life lessons it has also taught me great working skills. To anyone who needs services of this kind, the support, education, and determination this organization has is by far the greatest around.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

My wife works for this organization and I have had the pleasure of volunteering at several of the charity's fundraising events. The team works well together and always puts the families they serve FIRST. You can tell when you visit their Wellness Center that the employees treat it as an extension of their home to ensure the best care and comfort for the kids during a challenging time in their lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Myself and my karate school have partnered with Wigs 4 Kids over the last couple years and every time we work with them they are just amazing!! The love they have for the kids and what they do for the kids is just so inspiring!! I can't say enough GREAT things about Maggie and ALL of her staff. They are exceptional people. There's truly no better place than WIGS 4 KIDS!!

WE LOVE YOU WIGS 4 KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: PKSA Karate

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first found out about Wigs 4 Kids from my facebook. Im not sure who posted it but when I seen it I started to look up any information I could for this. After reading about it I decided to donate my hair. I have been wanting to cut it for a long time but my granddaughter always stopped me. Then I wasn't sure how to do it because I live in Alpena way up North, when I made a comment on a post I was answered back which I did not expect and was happy to no that they took the time to look up where I could go here to donate my hair and make sure it goes to this great charity. As I said my granddaughter was very upset I was getting it cut but after I talked to her why and what the hair was going to be used for she was excited and then wanted to get hers cut. She is 9yrs old and said to me can I say a prayer for all the kids, she then asked what Chemo was and I explained it, I told her how you make wigs for the kids that their hair falls out from Cancer, she said Meme (name for grama she came up with when a baby) I will pray for them because kids are mean and make fun of them and its not right. She then told me she was proud of me can you believe that. I don't have money but would love to do what I can for this cause and to get my grandkids involved to show them that you can help others, if there is anything or any way we can help we would be honored to help. Thank you for helping these children out in there time of need.

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