Wigs 4 Kids

Rating: 4.82 stars   84 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.
Results: Since our inception in 2003, Wigs 4 Kids has provided over 1,000 wigs & support services to Michigan children in need.
Target demographics: Michigan children experiencing hair loss between the ages of 3 through 18.
Geographic areas served: Michigan Area
Programs: custom-made wigs, support classes & social groups
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

When I received the Wigs-4-Kids newsletter while at work and later read it, I knew that this organization was just what our organization was looking for to help the people in the Community. Since, 2005 the Detroit Region (Michigan) of White Castle System, Inc. has been devoted to raising funds to help this very woth organization. Maggie Varney the founder of this wonderful organization puts her heart and soul into everything she does for these exceptionally wonderful children in this program. Wigs-4-Kids does a wonderful job in helping the children in some of their many challeging day to day experiences. I have never seen an organization more devoted to children, let alone the CEO provides hands on love, compassion, services, skills, devotion, time and the list goes on and on. The devotion and attention that Maggie and her wonderful staff provides is just one lf the many things that drew me to become a volunteer for Wigs-4-Kids. My co-workers always look forward to our yearly and some times twice a year fundraisers and they love to compete to see which person and/or location can raise the most funds and to attend the Annual Wigs-4-Kids Gala. Being a Board Member is just a plus to be able to be a part of helping out and interacting with the Children. If anyone really wants to know whT Wigs-4-Kids is all about just stop by and take a tour of the Wellness Center and come to the Galaand meet some of the loveliest children around. I gaurantee you will be touched by the wonderful things this organization provides for these children!! Cheryl

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our family was first introduced to Wigs4Kids from our friend, John. He was getting chemo treatments at the Van Elslander Cancer center where he met Ms. Maggie and saw her interaction with the children there. When he died of his cancer his wife Jenifer requested that donations were to Wigs4Kids because she knew how much John thought this charity. When my daughter, Christine suddenly lost 80% of her hair to Alopecia my mother in law suggested we consider John's charity. I made a call and was placed with an appointment that changed Chrisine. Christine, Mom, and her 2 sisters were at the appointment. She was very apprehensive over all that was going on so quickly. Gently Maggie talked to her about her Alopecia and how she was going to get her a wig that will make her feel better about herself. We went home feeling much better about everything. Christine got her wig and her self esteem improved immensly. The center has fun classes,like painting and baking, that are meant to bring the children together to see the common issue of no hair and not even realize that it is therapeutic that they are not " the only one". Christine knows first hand how good her wig makes her feel and on her own did fundraising with her school(spirt week) to provide a wig for another child. This empowered her to know she can make a difference. Thank you Ms Maggie and your organiztion for making a positve difference in my childs life!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

My daughter Mariah is Cancer Survivor. Two years ago when my daughter was ten she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. When she started treatment (Chemo) we were told the probability of her hair falling out was 99%. My daughter was horrified. Not only did she have to undergo surgery and treatment with needles galore, but her hair was going to fall out. Mariah is my girlie-girl tom-boy. Her hair started falling out on a Thursday by the handful, I called Wigs 4 Kids and we had a n appointment for the following Tuesday. She played Volleyball that weekend with a bandana on, because she did not want everyone to know she was losing her hair. Maggie the CEO welcomed her with open arms and a smile on Tuesday morning. She was compassionate, yet treated Mariah with respect and dignity. She asked Mariah to see her hair, she asked Mariah if she could cut off the remainder so they could fit her for a wig. (I am teary eyed remembering the details.) Mariah was fitted with a wig that day, which she was able to pick out and Maggie styled it for her. Mariah wore her wig every day to school until after treatment and her hair finally came back in. The ability to go to school, go out socially and not be looked at differently was a redeeming factor to my daughter. I have to tell you, it meant so much to my daughter, the following summer my daughter and her friends raised over $800.00 to purchase a wig for another child, so they could have their self-esteem during difficult times. WE LOVE WIGS 4 KIDS. Maria & Mariah Michalowski

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My daughter is a recent wig recipient. I had located Wigs 4 Kids via the website and sent an email to Inquire about the potential for my daughter to obtain a wig. Within a week she had a beautiful synthetic wig and a custom human hair wig was on order. The process was painless. The staff was compassionate and well informed. I have since encouraged my friends to consider hair donation to this agency.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

Our dtr. was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor in 2009. She was 12. When she found out that she would lose her hair she said, that she wanted a pink wig. Well, Maggie got her that pink wig and her first synthetic wig as well. Our dtr remembers sitting at a friends house watching all the girls play with there hair while she sat bald. She was glad and very blessed to feel some normacy at Wigs 4 Kids because there were children like her there and she was treated by the staff as if she was so so special yet a normal teen in many ways. Maggie has made several special wigs for our dtr for special events. Ballet ( a bun), school musical ( a forties hair style) these are some example of the extra loving touches from W4K. When Maggie thought it was time for a real natural wig she gave it to her. We will never be able to thank her and the foundation enough. W4K is truly a group of angels with loving hearts for any child in need. We are big advocates for W4K.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

because our dtr is a cancer patient

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find them more supporters financialy to keep them serving our children here and far.

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3 people found this review helpful

I found out about Wigs 4 Kids after researching organizations on the Internet that help children deal emotionally and physically with their hair loss. This organization was most appropriate for my daughter. My daughter, age 7 was diagnosed with Leukemia on June 4, 2010. I contacted Wigs 4 Kids as she began to lose her hair. We attended our appointment and the staff gave us a tour and we reviewed the books and brief stories of all the children they helped thus far. The before and after pictures was proof that Wigs 4 Kids has made a life long impact on the lives of many children with various medical conditions that resulted in hair loss. Mrs. Maggie Varney personally made us feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed throughout the entire process. When I saw the precious and heartfelt smile on my daughter's face, it was truly priceless.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The way my child admires herself. She still sees a beautiful little girl who did not let cancer make her feel or look like she lost the battle.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to keep the smiles on the faces of children that need these services to enhance their personal and social lives and self esteem. Go Wigs For Kids!

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I had been really sick for a while, and no one knew what was wrong with me. They said it was in my head and I was faking it. I knew I wasnt though, because things happened I couldnt control, and my hair stared falling out. i started getting huge bald patches, and I didnt want to start school as the weird sick girl. we found wigs 4 kids and decided it was time to go try. I was worried they would turn me down because we didnt know what was wrong with me, but we went anyway, because I needed help and we didnt know what to do. when we met with maggie we told her what was going on, and everyone at wigs 4 kids were some of the nicest people ive met. maggie reassured me that it would be okay, and they wouldnt let me feel like i was ugly because of how i looked. i was starting school within 4 days. she got me a wig within 2, in time for school. i was able to attend the first day of school, and i didnt have to worry about anything! it made me feel beautiful again, and more importantly, like myself again. the doctors finally diagnosed me with some rare diseases, and we dont know if i will loose my hair again, but it doesnt matter, because i know I will always have wigs 4 kids. they have helped me so much, and I only hope I can do the same for them some day. I am going to try ang grow out my hair and donate it too one day! I love you all! you are the BEST!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I got a wig from them

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldnt. They already are absolutely AMAZING!!! they have helped SO many kids in so many different ways. they let us be ourselves again, and not have to be labeled by the public as sick. we now can just fit in and be a normal kid.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how much they have helped me and how kind everyone is!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many kids feel like themselves again, and not defined by their illness, but by who they are.

Ways to make it better...

it couldnt have. it was amazing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economy and money issues. it costs a lot to give kids good wigs that fit, so money can be a hard challenge to overcome.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Wigs 4 Kids is one of the best organizations on earth! they help so much, and they really do care about each and every person that walks through their doors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My 14 year old daughter was diagnosed with Alopecia. She was a Freshman in High School and kids were cruel to a child losing her hair, especially at an age when appearances are so important. Wigs 4 Kids donated a wig to her, and totally redeemed her self esteem. The staff is super friendly and they all were a great help to helping her establish her self worth again.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping my daughter regain her self esteem

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the kindness and generosity to families who could not have this option otherwise

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, helpful and empathetic

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help millions of children in need

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-4-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I was a ten year old boy when I found out I had cancer. Life threatening? Scary? Life altering? Yes to all above. People stared, children pointed, it was hard to go outside my home knowing how ugly I was. Then I met Maggie. I knew that she could do nothing for me, but I humored my mom and dad and went to her shop. She sat me down and told me how brave I was and that she could help me to feel good about myself again. No way, I thought. WOW was I wrong! She fitted me for a wig, and in no time I had a real human hair wig. I brought pictures in and she cut and styled the wig, then turned me to face the mirror. It was the me I was inside. I could go out and I looked like everyone else. I wasn't ugly, I had worth. (Which my mom and dad had told me all along.) She showed my how to care for my wig. I wore that wig for nearly a year, every day, and well, THANKYOU WIGS 4 KIDS for helping me though the toughest time of my life! Love, Joshua Courter

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way Maggie and her staff treat you like one of their own.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I walked out of WIGS feeling normal.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

take care of so many more kids like me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Wigs 4 Kids and Maggie are the best. There is no other way to put how important they were to my 6 year old daughter when she was diagnosed with cancer. The wig they provided Haley was so important to her recovery and self esteem as she was going through her cancer treatment. The first day we met Maggie, Haley thought she was going to get a wig that day, she was very disturbed with loosing her hair. Well when Haley got very upset about this Maggie was able to get her a beautiful wig the nest day. Haley wore that wig everyday, without it there would have been no way that Haley would have gone to school or possibly even out of the house. I cannot say enough about the important role that Wigs 4 Kids played in the recovery of my daughter as she fought her battle against cancer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

How they treated my daughter and family wth so much love and respect. They preserved my daughters self esteem at a very stressful time in her life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting all the wonderful people associated with this group.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help all the kids that are in need, and ensure that all kids in the future are helped in the same way that my daughter was.

Ways to make it better...

I never had to meet these wonderful people, because that would mean my daughter never got cancer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Time to help all the families in need, space to continue the wonderful work, and money to continue to help all the kids get the wigs that are so important.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you to Wigs 4 Kids.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-7-01

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