Wigs 4 Kids

Rating: 4.84 stars   95 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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Last year my 8yr old daughter was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had to get a very strong dosage of chemo she lost her hair immediately. I knew of wigs 4 kids from when i donated my hair but i didn't know what to expect until we went in for our appointment. She was feeling so down when she lost her hair so fast, you can try to prepare kids for something like that but they don't honestly understand until its gone, W4K was able to gave her a wig that same day and they boosted her confidence back up so much when she got her wig she felt like the princesses that she truly is. W4K is so awesome they do so much more for the kids then just give them a wig they help make you feel beautiful again there is all kinds of stuff they do for you they always have classes fun activities going on and so much more they really focus on you and your family needs and they help to give those kids back so much confidence they had lost. W4K is not a 5 star they are off the chart we thank GOD every day for putting them in our lives.

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CHANGE NOTHING!

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Life-changing

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2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Wigs 4 kids answer my prayers, when my Princess was undergoing Chemo for wilms tumor! With The great staff, within 3 week my girl came out from The salon smiling

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our 9 year old daughter was diagnosed with alopecia last fall. She suffered complete hair loss very rapidly. Working with Wigs 4 Kids has been an amazing experience. We were invited to meet for a fitting locally, as representatives happened to be in town for a meeting on our side of the state. Their willingness to grant us the time in their already busy schedule proved their love of what they do, and the kids they do it for. They truly understand how kids are feeling during this hard time, and talk to them at their level to help them cope. The wig we received was fantastic. We are very grateful to the sponsors and the staff at Wigs 4 Kids. We love them!

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Wigs 4 Kids program gave our granddaughter a complete transformation that changed how she felt about herself. She was getting chemo at Motts Children's Hospital. Hunter Marie has bone cancer and because of the treatment she was without hair for a long time.. A family friend suggest W4K and we went to see Maggie. From the very first visit Hunter's esteem was lifted through the roof! They fit her with a beautiful natural hair wig. The kindness of Maggie and her staff is unmeasurable with just a star. They ARE the stars.

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

Nothing! In addition to the wigs, they have art therapy, healthy cooking, counseling...They also offer other programs to benefit the kids.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

When my oldest daughter lost 80% of her hair, Maggie and her staff welcomed our family with open arms. They were supportive, provided resources and educated us. They are an amazing organization! We have since sent a couple of friends their way for services. We have encouraged many, many people to donate hair as well. Just a few weeks ago, my younger daughter proudly made her hair donation. Wigs4Kids changed our lives and the lives of countless other children. We are forever indebted to them!

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2011

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

W4K has completely changed my daughters life. Maggie is a extraordinary lady with an enormous heart. We heard about her from another young girl who had been a client after my daughter lost her hair in 5th grade. She has Alopecia. My daughter was outgoing and very active- competitive dancer. She started to withdraw and wore hats all the time. Then she started to pull away from dance because she was embarrassed to be on stage. One simple call was all it took. Maggie does EVERY appointment herself in special rooms set up for her clients for comfort and privacy. They receive rockstar service and attention. And the parents and siblings are a part of it too. My daughter has been with the foundation for almost three years now. Maggie counsels, supports, and loves each and every child. All services r free to the families. Even after a serious bout with very cruel public bullying, my daughter stands strong and confident and that is largely due to Maggie, the great ladies, and other fabulous kids at W4K.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My 14 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer this year and it completely turned our life upside down. Throughout this terrible diagnosis and treatment we have blessed with amazing things to help us get through this time in our lives. Wigs 4 Kids is one of those blessings! The more people this organization can help the better. Hair is so important to our children's self esteem and socialization and having a wig that looks like her natural hair was a huge advantage when my daughter started to lose her hair. She just started to wear the wig and it is so real looking no one even knew it was a wig and she is comfortable going out in public and being with her friends and it was just one more blessing to make this experience a little easier for her and our family. And not only do they provide these temporary and permanent wigs for free they also hold workshops and classes and have outings where these kids and parents can get together at no cost and just have a good time together or learn something new. From the bottom of my heart I am so thankful to Maggie and her staff they are so professional, caring and knowledgeable. This organization is amazing and the people that work there are truly making kids lives better with what they are doing.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

 
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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

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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

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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