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Causes: Cancer, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Pediatrics

Mission: Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc 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, Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc has provided over 4,000 wigs & support services to Michigan children in need.

Target demographics: Michigan children experiencing hair loss between the ages of 3 through 18.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 350 children and families recover from the side effects of hair loss.

Geographic areas served: Michigan Area

Programs: custom-made wigs, support classes & social groups

Community Stories

124 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We first went to Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan because my girls wanted to donate their hair. My 22 year old daughter, has donated 2 times, my 13 year old daughter donated once and recently 20 year old son donated his hair. The staff at Wigs 4 Kids of MI. Is friendly, upbeat, easy to talk to and professional. They treat each individual with kindness, love and confidentiality. My youngest child has not only been a donor but also an ambassor. She has used Wigs 4 Kids of MI services for her own personal issue. The services allow her to not feel alone, give confidence and also taught her empathy. My daughter's issues have been resolved for now, hopefully permanently. She now has been giving back by volunteering her time at Wigs 4 Kids of MI. She is currently the Wigs 4 Kids of MI princess and Youth Volunteer of the Year. The services have taught her to love more and to be kind always. Our family is grateful to Wigs 4 Kids of MI for all they do for all of the Michigan children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to volunteer and donate my own hair on a few occasions to Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids. What I enjoy most though, is the opportunity to inform friends, family, and just about anybody I see cutting pony tails at the salon, of the importance in donating to Wigs 4 Kids. The other popular agencies don’t offer the services and experience that Maggie does, and her clients are so fortunate for that. Thanks for all you do, Maggie & Team!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched the dedication everyone has at Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc. The passion they have to help kids going thru a very tough time is outstanding! The energy in their building is contagious and I look forward to their new building and added services they will be able to provide.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to volunteer, the people there really care about the work that they are doing and you feel like you are an important part of their efforts.

1 Kevin R. B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a part of this great organization. I serve as the security director for the organization. I have done this for 12+ years now and love the kids, the employees and my fellow volunteers. This group does so much good for the kids and young adults. All of the work that goes into the annual gala is so worth it when you see the kids being just that--- kids!!! Smiling, dancing and just having fun for a while and not thinking about the illnesses they are battling. Love this organization and it is my honor to be a volunteer with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We first went to Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan because my girls wanted to donate their hair. My 22 year old daughter, has donated 2 times, my 13 year old daughter donated once and recently 20 year old son donated his hair. The staff at Wigs 4 Kids of MI. Is friendly, upbeat, easy to talk to and professional. They treat each individual with kindness, love and confidentiality.
My youngest child has not only been a donor but also an ambassor. She has used Wigs 4 Kids of MI services for her own personal issue. The services allow her to not feel alone, give confidence and also taught her empathy. My daughter's issues have been resolved for now, hopefully permanently. She now has been giving back by volunteering her time at Wigs 4 Kids of MI. She is currently the Wigs 4 Kids of MI princess and Youth Volunteer of the Year. The services have taught her to love more and to be kind always. Our family is grateful to Wigs 4 Kids of MI for all they do for all of the Michigan children.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our circumstance is unusual: my daughter was a donor and I was a client in the salon. Then, we noticed our same donor daughter was pulling her hair out. So, now she is not only a donor but a client. Though she never needed a wig we utilized many of the services and opportunities Wigs 4 Kids offers. Our daughter needed to know she was not alone, is beautiful and most importantly a self esteem/confidence boost. Wigs 4 Kids is a great support and has such wonderfully kind, caring individuals involved. They are all in living with their confidential care of every family making us feel comfortable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wigs 4 Kids is an incredible organization that truly cares for children and their families struggling with diseases, cancer and other difficulties with hair loss. The emotional and psychological support is one of a kind and really helps the kids to socialize with other children like them and to go through therapy without feeling like they're in therapy. The added benefit of the services being free is extraordinary for every family! It truly is a much-needed resource that has helped thousands of children.

Katie C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wigs 4 Kids is a spectacular place. As soon as you walk through the doors of the Wellness Center you feel a home feeling. You are greeted with warm welcomes and amazing customer service. Maggie, the CEO and Founder of Wigs 4 Kids is a wonderful woman who takes time to get to know each and every person that comes through the doors. They offer a full service salon that is open to the public and have exceptional stylists. There is never a dull moment in the building! What a great place to bring your family and friends. Do not miss out on one of their tours, you will learn so much and walk away with knowing what they are doing at Wigs 4 Kids is truly a blessing. Thank you Maggie for all you do helping the children of Michigan and their self-esteem!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wigs 4 Kids is the best! Both my daughters have had alopecia and received wigs from this organization for 10 years now. It's not just wigs, they receive all the products and tools they need to care for their wigs and lots of activities too. I like the place and what they're doing for ALL kids, not just mine.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been fortunate to work with Wigs 4 Kids and support them with my music at Paul Roberts Association. I donated my talent so they could use my original instrumental music in their DVD about the services they provide for children. Wigs 4 Kids gives wigs to children in Michigan at no charge to them or their families and they also have counseling services, classes and field trips to help the kids socialize and feel better. They are a great nonprofit in my community and I'm glad they're available for the children.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the honor and pleasure of being a part of Wigs 4 Kids for several years now and I could not possibly capture how heart warming and amazing this movement is with words. Everyone who is involved in this great organization are in it for the purest reason; the kids! Endless love and passion is devoted into the vision and commitment that Wigs 4 Kids strive for every day. Take a minute and make sure you visit their center or be a part of one of their events. There you will see and feel what Wigs 4 Kids is truly about. A deep thank you and appreciation goes out to Wigs 4 Kids and all that are part of this amazing organization. Keep up the great work and we all look forward to helping as many kids as we can!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been giving free tickets to Wigs 4 Kids for a few years to go to the Roseville Masonic Lodge #522 Country breakfast; which is always the 1st Sunday in October. They have always been so grateful and it is a pleasure to have them pass to families that would not be able to go out for breakfast! This year I asked the Roseville Chapter # 468 Order of Eastern Star to help me collect for Wigs 4 Kids. My goal was to raise $500 and we were able to collect over double our goal! I have toured the facility and extremely impressed with all they do!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a Sri Lankan and even though I am too far from Michigan I donated my hair for the first time. I would love to do it again.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated my hair for the first time and I would love to do it again and again! Wigs 4 kids is doing such a wonderful job by providing these kids with a way to raise their self-esteem and get them back in the world full of courage. The only thing I wish for is for wigs 4 kids to grow and help other kids from outside of Michigan as well.

1 Megan124

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wigs 4 Kids has changed our lives in so many ways. My daughter, Alyssa, is 5 years old and has alopecia totalis/ universalis. It has been an emotional journey for us and a difficult path navigating through medical treatments and much more. The staff at Wigs 4 Kids are friendly, comforting, and sincere. They truly care about all of the children they encounter. Ms. Maggie holds a special place in our hearts. She listened to us and gave us hope and inspiration at a time when we needed it most. To all those who donate, I cannot express enough how blessed and thankful we are for your generosity. Please know that you are truly making a difference for so many children. Seeing my daughter light up when putting her wig on will remain one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. Thank you all for your compassion and drive, and for making Alyssa smile.

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Donor

Rating: 5

easy to donate hair to, and they responded quickly with my thank you letter and t-shirt (unfortunately, the seam ripped after the first use). way to go, Wigs 4 Kids!

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Maggie V. 10/15/2016

Thank you for your review of Wigs 4 Kids! We would be happy to assist you in getting a new t-shirt - please feel free to contact us at maggie@wigs4kids.org or 586-772-6656.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter has donated her hair twice now to Wigs 4 Kids. At first we only were familiar with "Locks for Love," but we did some research and found this wonderful company that so generously gives wigs to those that need them with no cost involved. It was also very important and special to us that they give the hair only to people in Michigan...it helps people locally. My daughter is talking about donating again this summer. She is excited to do so. She loves knowing that her hair is helping someone else feel beautiful and normal! That is all that any of us want to feel. We hope others will feel inspired to donate as well. :-)

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donated all of my hair! I really hope it helps! I think more people should do this. It really does help and my hair will grow back! When it does, I will do it again!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Donated my hair twice so far! I love that they give their wigs for no cost to te person who needs it!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter chose to donate her hair last year. We researched several organizations and chose this local non-profit. We couldn't be happier. The organization provides free wigs for kids in need. And, we received the most heartfelt email as acknowledgement. We would definitely donate again!

2 Terisa T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated my hair to Wigs 4 Kids and through the process (pre-cut) to the end thank you letter, everyone was extremely helpful and grateful. I researched 4 different nonprofit wig making companies and decided based on their goals, and morals, that Wigs 4 Kids was the one I felt was right for my hard earned hair.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a great team at Wigs 4 Kids! When I turned 50 and decided that my "pony tail look" had to go, I googled for a local charity that I could donate my hair to. Wigs 4 Kids popped up! Beautiful salon, heart felt customer service with amazing staff. Linda Jasina

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Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is very well run and helps all of the kids they serve for free. I'm happy to support this great charity which is here in my community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Maggie and the staff at Wigs 4 Kids helped my daughter obtain a wig twice during her treatment for leukemia. I cannot put into words how important this was for my teenage daughter's self esteem. The teenage years are difficult enough without having to deal with medical issues and the physical changes that accompany treatment. Maggie helped her handle this period of time with dignity. Wigs 4 Kids is a blessing to the kids they serve!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Can't say enough wonderful things about this organization and in particular Maggie Varney. Everyone involved is dedicated to improving the lives of kids living with hair loss for whatever reason, and they do it with great sensitivity towards the kids and their parents.

2 Joe_62

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of my favorite charities. I have grown my hair out to donate to them twice and my friend held a fundraiser for them at her salon.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had just cut my hair and I wasn't sure where I should donate it. My friends had heard how other places threw out hair or made people pay for it, and it broke my heart. So when someone suggested Wigs 4 Kids I was overjoyed hearing that none of my concerns were in play with this organization. In the future I plan on sending my hair here.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is such a great cause that helps children and really makes a difference. I had a positive experience donating my hair in August 2014. I will be donating hair for my second time in June 2016. Thumbs up for a great nonprofit!! I would highly recommend.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have supported Maggie & Wigs4Kids for many years and will continue hopefully for many more. The generosity of spirit evidenced by Maggie, her staff and all the W4Kids volunteers is inspiring. Please join me in continuing to support Wigs 4 Kids. Large or Small - your donations are always appreciated and You become part of what keeps the mission of helping kids moving forward. I hope Maggie doesn't mind my borrowing her sign-off but it's so very true... The Kids and I thank you...............

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wigs4Kids is all about the kids. It's a positive force in kids' lives who are fighting against negatives. It gives Kids who've lost their hair to cancer or other reasons the chance to again be just like all the other kids. Kids can be so cruel to anyone who is less than perfect. If you're struggling with cancer, why should you have to struggle with that too?!? Adults can go anywhere for a wig but Kid's wigs have to be made for them. And once you're one of Maggie's Kids, you're always be taken care of by W4K. There are so many ways to help. Grow your hair and donate! Participate in the W4K events and volunteer your time and if you donate money, know that all $ go to the Kids. Everyone is a volunteer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Maggie and the entire wigs 4 kids organization are incredible. Her vision and integrity are top not h. They deal with the whole child, their self esteem, their family, and their illness. Each time our salon donates to Wigs 4 Kids, we know the donation is going to a great cause !

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Donor

Rating: 5

In may of 2011 our staff decided to do a benefit to sponsor a child for a wig. I cannot say enough about Maggie and her staff. I had a wonderful tour of their facility to better understand just how thorough and intensive her program is. They put their heart and soul into the children. It's not just a wig they receive but the entire family gets the love and support off the whole staff so they can in turn love and support their sick child. I left there humbled and amazed. I went back to my staff on fire to have a successful benefit and sponsor a child to receive a wig.
Wigs 4 kids is truly a one of a kind non profit!

1 Shelley36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wigs 4 kids is the most amazing organization I volunteer for! Maggie and her team make sure everyone that comes in the door walks out with a smile!This is the most dedicated organization for Kids in need of a wig. Wigs 4 kids of Michigan provide emotional support for the family's and lots of compassion!This in my eyes is Heaven!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wigs 4 Kids has changed my life for better. I was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis and never could have overcame Hairloss with a smile on my face without the staff of W4K. I am confident in everything I do because of how beautiful the hair pieces are, and because of the support the team at Wigs 4 Kids offers. It's a personal experience and they make you feel like family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wigs 4 Kids a hidden gem that resides in the heart of St. Clairvoyant Shores, MI. As a volunteer I have been able to work with an amazing staff and also become a part of their family. They do wonders for the families that have loved ones in need of their services. No one is ever turned away. Maggie Varney is truly heaven sent and I can't think of anyone or anything that could ever repay her for everything she has done. Wigs 4 Kids is truly an amazing organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wigs 4 Kids is amazing. They have provided our family with the emotional support needed to get through a hair loss diagnosis. Our family feels blessed because other than my daughters alopecia she is very healthy. Many of the families that utilize the services at wigs 4 kids have to deal with not only hair loss, but an ill child as well.

My daughter has gained confidence and self-esteem by now being able to look like all of the other children. She has received a beautiful natural hair piece every year since the age of four. This is provided to our family by wigs 4 kids at no cost to us. Maggie has inspired myself and those around me to grow and donate our hair back to the program. This includes my son and many of his friends.

Thank you Maggie and staff for all you do. We wouldn't have been able to get through this without you.

11 Victoria54

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter came to me when she was 8 and asked if she could donate her hair, I said absolutely, at first all I knew of was locks of love, then my sitter told me about Wigs 4 kids, they give any child up to she 18 up to 3 wigs FREE! This was where we were going . We have been a proud supporter as much as we can since 2012, even tho sidnii is not in a place to donate her hair again, she loves supporting the cause. We are proud to represent out loud! We love what they do for kids, we will always support Maggie and her amazing volunteers.

6 LaVeta D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to volunteer with the Wigs 4 Kids staff and see the amazing work that this team does for children that have experienced hair loss due to illness. First, I was surprised to learn that there is an organization to help this particular community, giving free wigs and free support services to families with this unique need. Learning this inspired me to see the work in action and to see how I could help!
At my first meeting there, I was introduced to the intricate structure and depth of the Wigs 4 Kids program. There is a very holistic approach to boosting the confidence and self-esteem of the children they help.
The most heart-warming sights that I've seen, included: The humble compassion and sense of pride shown by adults & children who donated their own hair. Then, most awe-inspiring, were the shy smiles, bright eyes, and beautiful hair styles that were made for and chosen by children who had been helped!!
I have immense respect and appreciation for the conscious, wise, visionary - Ms. Maggie Varney & her dedicated team! They have created and maintain a venue that gives enrichment and joyful experiences to families. I'm so proud to have been allowed the opportunity to help this team!
Additionally, I felt so appreciated for volunteering. This team is grateful and considerate to the people that time to help. Everytime that I have been there, the atmosphere of Wigs 4 Kids has been a pleasure to encounter; filled with peace, and love, and bustle! There are amazing and effective happenings at this well run non-profit and much to be done. Wigs 4 Kids is a purposeful place!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wigs 4 Kids has been a total blessing to not only my daughter Kendall who suffers from trichotillomania but for our whole family. The first day I spoke with Mrs. Maggie, she told me not worry anymore and that they would help my daughter with her issue... And that's exactly what they have done at wigs 4 kids... Because of Corey (her therapist) she has been doing so much better with her urge to pull out her own hair.. It's like he give her something to be proud about because she knows she's going to see him. Mr. Corey has helped my husband and I as well with different ways to deal with her disorder. And then Mrs. Maggie and her staff make us feel like family every time we are in the wellness center. They have lead Kendall to believe she owns the place... Lol. I am so excited to know such wonderful people who care genuinely about their clients and work hard everyday to make them feel special... We love attending the special events they have for the ambassadors and their families. We are always excited to me others who share the same love we have for Wigs 4 Kids. The custome wig that was made for Kendall makes her feel more than normal she feels like a princess!!! We're so blessed to be apart of Wigs 4 Kids and I will do whatever I can to bring more awareness to this wonderful organization full of wonderful human beings. THE RICHARDSON FAMILY ❤️ WIGS 4 KIDS!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wigs 4 kids has changed my life in so many ways . I have had alopecia all my life , and when I was 8 I was told I would never grow hair ever again. Now with that heart wrenching news I had given up all hope and I felt awful about myself . But my mom found Wigs 4 Kids and Maggie, to me it was the biggest blessing in my life . I'm now a senior in high school and I can honestly say that I have a good self estem , and I never let anything hold me back just because I don't have hair . Without this program I don't feel like I would have been able to accomplish all these projects in my life because I was so afraid to go near people for fear of their comments . Not to mention Maggie makes sure that we always have a support system behind us in everyway. I'm so happy and proud to be a ambassador for this amazing program .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Ella was born with Alopecia. She never knew what it was like to have hair, ponytails, braids etc. When she turned 6 I brought her into wigs4kids and was greeted with so much kindness towards not only my daughter but my whole family. Seeing Ella in a wig for the first time and seeing her smile made me cry tears of joy. The support they provide for the health and welfare of the children is a blessing.

1 Jennifer460

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2011 our oldest son was diagnosed with cancer, with him being a singer in a screamo band his hair was quite unique and ment alot too him. Anthony's treatment left him to ill to make it to the center so Maggie came to the hospital to measure Anthony knowing how important it was to him. Maggie never ceases to amaze me. She always make sure these children and their families are taken care of when faced with such challenges The smile on Anthony's face was priceless when he received his wig, one I will never forget. Maggie and her team and the many volunteers always go out of their way to make the children feel special and help in anyway they can. This goes far beyond just receiving a wig, from field trips, nutrition classes and cooking, to boat rides and dinner with your family. Things to take your mind off the challenges of day to day life with a child who is Ill or facing a different disease that require her services. Thank you Maggie and Wigs 4 Kids staff for all you do!!! Much love from your ROCK STARS mom

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have dealt with Alopecia all my life and finally made the decision 3 years ago to stop at Wigs 4 Kids. It was the best decision I have ever made. Every single employee has such a kind heart and never fails to make anyone happy. Everytime I walk into that building, I feel a sense of comfort and love. The workers there treat you like family and are such hard workers. Anyone that has a certain type of hair loss disease is guaranteed to get a wig that fits right for them. You even get to pick out your own length and color so it suits you. I want to thank everyone that works for Wigs 4 Kids and especially to Mrs. Maggie for changing my life and giving me the confidence that I once never had. Every kid that steps out of that building gains confidence and happiness everyday and there is nothing better than that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, I am a mother of 2 girls that have Alopecia. My First child was 5 years old when she was diagnosed and may second child was just one year old. They were both diagnosed at the same time which was very stressful. My first child was going to kindergarten and I was very scared for her of what kids would say to her because kids can be very cruel. One day my sister-in-lav found Wigs 4 Kids on the internet and we called to set an appointment. They were so generous and they told us we could come right away. When we arrived a woman with a very big heart welcomed us and her named is Maggie Varney, She nicely told us all about the program, how we would get the wigs right away and that the whole program was free including the wigs, hairstyling,hair cuts, ect. After year my first child's hair started growing back and my second child got her first wig. 8 years passed and my second child is still in the program. All the workers there are very kind, polite, and love the children Thank god there is a program that helps kids not feel feel insecure.

Sincerely,
Emina Didic

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a student pursuing a career in social work, I have had the great fortune to spend a bit of time at the Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center and Salon in St Clair Shores. Wigs 4 Kids is an OUTSTANDING nonprofit organization. They offer a number of services to individuals and families who are coping with illness/medical treatments that result in hair loss. The kind caring staff members at Wigs 4 Kids truly make a difference in the lives of their clients (children and families).

I have had the pleasure of working directly with social worker Corey Faulkner who helps individuals as well as families cope/recover from social, psychological, emotional as well as physical side effects of hair loss. I would, without reservation, refer any individual dealing with a hair loss related illness to Wigs 4 Kids.

I am happy to be apart of such a wonderful organization, and I look forward to many more opportunities ahead.

Lisa Q

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I read all of the reviews about Wigs 4 Kids on this site prior to volunteering here. I brushed off the last review (by tbennettbaker) because with a mission like this, how could they NOT be caring, wonderful people!?

Boy, was I wrong.

I've volunteered at numerous non-profits over the past fifteen years in a variety of capacities, but this was by far the most degrading and upsetting volunteer experience I've had to date. I did not feel like my work had any impact nor would I suggest volunteering for this organization in any capacity. I was openly mocked by the employees and owner and left at the end of the day almost in tears because of their utter lack of professionalism and communication skills.

Bottom Line: Should you donate your hair here? Yes, there really aren't many organizations that offer this service. Should you get your hair cut and styled here? Yes, the stylists seemed friendly and professional. Should you volunteer or seek employment here? No... For an organization that prides itself on helping children with their self-esteem they did a fantastic job at attempting to crush mine over less than a dozen wasted pieces of paper.

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Maggie V. 07/01/2015

Thank you for your feedback regarding your volunteer experience at Wigs 4 Kids. I am so very sorry if I in any way or my team offended you. The purpose of your volunteer experience may have been to teach us how to continue to strive to improve as an organization, team and individuals. Thank you. Respectfully, Maggie Varney

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

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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Maggie V. 11/05/2014

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.

5 Danette B.

Donor

Rating: 5

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..

2 Patty43

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

3 Christos R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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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Donor

Rating: 2

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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Maggie V. 10/18/2014

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

2 Stephanie93

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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

1 Lynn85

Donor

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard about Wigs 4 Kids when I was approached by a Board Member to attend the gala. I was blown away by the stories the children told, and what Maggie has been able to do for them! It is comforting to know that if something were to happen to my children, or any of their friends, that they would have a place to go that feels like home and truly takes care of them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had heard about Wigs 4 Kids from a friend who used their services while undergoing cancer treatments. When I was much younger, I used to donate my hair to Wigs 4 Kids. I had recently moved to the area and decided to come check out Wigs 4 Kids and their Wellness Center. I was overwhelmed with the amount of services that they offer to kids. Between wigs, counseling, music, art and drama therapy, nutrition classes etc. - and all FREE OF COST! They never turn a child away - and are always there to help. What a great way to run an organization! The kids of Michigan are lucky to have Maggie around to help them when going through a difficult time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

How I became a Client of Go Green Salon, was quite unusual. I was there on a business meeting with an inexpensive wig on, having a hot flash. Geez could it get any worse. Maggie looked and me and said stay after the meeting I think I can help you.
Maggie being the caring person she is took me into a private room and we tried on many hairpieces. Which were beautiful, and of course I had to order one. But the caring she showed me that day is the, same caring that she shares with every one of her children. Believe me when I say that they are her children, she will go the extra mile to make sure every child is believing in themselves and confident in the way they look. I don’t think that there is a day that goes by that she is not thinking how to make a child’s life better, or even a older Italian thinning hair ladies life better.
Thank you Maggie for all you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Wigs 4 Kids has been and is a great opportunity. The staff is very supportive of the families and you can tell they really care. I helped out at their annual event and it was nice to see the difference that they make.

2 Yanira

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter's hair was so long & she wanted to cut it. I had known about Lock of Love because of a high school classmate who donated his hair. So I search online for hair donations and found Wigs4Kids. I like it because it was just for kids. I wasn't sure about which organization to donate to so since her hair is thick she said she wanted to donate half to Locks Of Love & the other to Wigs4Kids. She donated 15 inches of hair in April of 2013. Now her hair is long enough to donate again but this time all to Wigs4Kids. We recieved an email last time of a certificate thanking my daughter for her donation so hopefully by now there is a child out there smiling with my daughter's hair on their head. I am so proud of my daughter for willing to donate her hair again that this time I'm hoping my hair is long enough to donate as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A completely dedicated company that supplies wigs and well-being for children without hair for free. All proceeds go directly to the kids. Maggie Varney, Board Members and volunteers are outstanding. I cannot give enough kudos to this wonderfully run organization. Please look at their website and donate. Sincerely,
Jeanne Ingram

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Donor

Rating: 5

I used to donate my hair to Locks of Love, however, I had moved back to Michigan in 2006, I read an article in the NY Times about Wigs4Kids, and was happy to know that this organization gives much more than just wigs to children with hair loss; they uplift these kids morale, and allow them to become part of their family. They provide assistance with grooming and feeling good about themselves, especially in their time of despair. Best of all, Wigs4Kids is located right in my neighborhood of St. Clair Shores, Michigan. I walked in to a warm welcome from Maggie Varney and her staff and had my long hair cut for the last time. (Before I started dyeing it). Whenever I donate to charity, I make sure that the moneys will be well spent and not wasted. This is obvious in the spirit and the growth of Wigs4Kids, especially these last few years. Once a year Wigs4Kids throws a wonderful fundraising dinner with lovely donated prizes and inspirational messages from the wig recipients and the founder, Maggie Varney. Everyone who attends finds the evening a great experience, one we talk about all year long! We always look so forward to the next one!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know wigs for kids is the most personable and caring place. They think of the kids 100 percent. They have helped my daughter tremendously. There is no other organization that cares that much about the kids and their well being.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We appreciate the donors to this charity. Our daughter came upon the Alopecia disease and her self esteem had suffered. Thanks to Maggie and WIgs 4 Kids , she now has a more confident outlook. For those that are thinking of donating , in anyway possible , this is THE BEST organization to consider.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My son had beautiful curly hair. I wanted to make his first hair cut a special experience. So a co worker referred me to W4kids, her daughter had recently donated there. Once we arrived we were greeted right away and everyone was so warm and friendly. My son is six yrs. old, he was three at the time and still remembers doing such a wonderful thing for other kids. Maggie and her staff are great!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As the former Mayor of St. Clair Shores, I have personally seen Maggie Varney build Wigs 4 Kids from the ground up. My wife, Nancy and I are very proud to be a part of this wonderful organization. The smiles on the faces of the kids and their parents is heartwarming for all to see. We are most proud that she has chosen to showcase the wellness center in St. Clair Shores. I really think they deserve 10 stars!

Robert A. Hison

Donor

Rating: 5

I cut of 29" of my hair for these little kids it only took around a 1 1/2ish to grow it to that length and it got pretty heavy but I hung in the ,taking vitamins and taking good care of it while it grew like a weed,lolol...it is my honor to donate this for these children who will be happy and more comfortable in life dealing with serious illness. god bless them all and I wish them all the best...christine

1 Edith D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had never had any type of cancer but the thought of cancer to any individual was crazy and I thought I had to something at school we have a club called Relay for Life and we raise money for them and my hair had always been long and I really thought of cutting my hair for a long time and decided to cut 13-14 inches I my hair and it was my first time and I donated my hair to Wigs for Kids and now my hair is growing and I will donate my hair again and again.