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

30 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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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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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.

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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!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been driving pass Go Green Salon for several years, and I kept thinking to myself.......I will stop in there sometime. Well one day I did, I was greeted by the sweetest woman, and quickly realized there was a great synergy there. I have volunteer a few times now and just love it! the young people that come in there to get a wig..............well they get so much more. They are received with compassion, love, kindness, understanding, laughter and joy. Some of the children have cancer and some have Alopecia, and I will say these children make the rest of us want to be brave like them. Thank you Maggie and your team for caring enough to do something about this, and to show that they are not alone, and that there are people who care, willing to come along side and help out!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Wigs for Kids for a little over two years, and I'm amazed every time I'm involved with them, every person that comes through there doors leaves with a smile on their face, their self-esteem brighter, confidence within themselves much higher, and they all feel like they are part of a family. Wigs for Kids not only do they makes Wigs for Kids they build stronger, happier, more confident people. I am blessed to be part of such a wonderful place, Maggie and the staff are an amazing group of people that never stop giving.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wigs4Kids is unlike any other organization. Everything is free to the kids it helps, and it's because of donations that this is possible. Maggie works endless hours to get the message out about Wigs4Kids, and on top of that she is woking with the families to fulfill their needs and to bring a smile to their deserving child. The results of her efforts, and her staff, are unbelievable. No child is turned away. I am proud to volunteer for such a great organization, I wish I could help out even more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

W4K is a very dedicated, wonderful atmosphere to be in. Maggie and Kim have a heart of gold and work from their heart and soul. I have never felt so at peace and welcomed every time I was there to volunteer, my mother Virginia worked along side with me when she could and we always looked forward to helping them out any way we could. Maggie and Kim are very special people and the whole staff make it possible to have them be where W4K is today. What a wonderful company to help so many kids and people in need. Keep up the great job! We miss you! Casandra Dennis and Virginia DeKruif..