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Causes: Cancer, Health, Human Service Organizations, Pediatrics

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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 200 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

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters
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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.

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.

2

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!

2

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.

1

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.

6

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.

2

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.

3

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!