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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: Our mission 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. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

Target demographics: Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Geographic areas served: Volunteer opportunities are available on-site at our West Palm Beach Hospital

Programs: We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

They get hair donated for free, turn around and sell it to their patients for 2000-5000k! WTF? no thanks... i will donate to wigs for kids. they dont pocket the money. I can sell my own hair for profit... like seriously...

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My SON donated his hair a couple of years ago. I sent a note with the hair explaining that his hair has never been cut and this was a first time ever haircut...I got a post card thanking my daughter...I sent them another note and said please send a proper thank-you card to my SON...NEVER RECEIVED ANYTHING. I feel that they take the hair and run..and they make a lot of money selling this hair... I think they are mostly a sham. I feel they should be scrutinized closely.

14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

There's certainly a flaw in how charities are evaluated, if they aren't judged by the their stated goals.

Locks of Love says they collect hair to make wigs which they give to children who have lost hair through illness, but most of the hair they collect they sell (Locks of Love says it's "unusable" but the buyers use it to make wigs) and they actually sell or give away very few wigs.

You might do much better to sell your hair yourself and give the money to cancer research.

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14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I contacted Locks of Love to ask if I might be able to use their services for my little girl who has lost all her hair due to chemo and radiation. They never responded. I took a close look at their Web site and it turns out that most of their clients are kids with alopecia (an auto immune disorder, which causes hair loss and no other symptoms). While I think kids with alopecia deserve all the help they can get, I'm not sure why Locks of Love would shun cancer kids -- who after all suffer plenty of nasty physical symptoms as well as hair loss (which can last years and years depending on the type of chemo and location of the radiation). So this organization gets my thumbs down. I'd recommend the group Wigs for Kids for parents whose kids are bald due to cancer.

1 kryou

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that helps out kids in a unique way. It provides an invaluable service by giving children back their childhood. If you're thinking about chopping off your long hair, donate it!