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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

44 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.

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.

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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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.

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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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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!

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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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

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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.