Locks of Love is a nonprofit national organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Most of the children who benefit from the program have lost their hair as a result of a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure.
"Locks of Love takes donated ponytails 10 inches or longer," says sophomore Rebecca Foley, who is organizing the event. "It takes 10 ponytails to make one wig. So we're hoping to have 50 people donate to make five wigs."
Foley, who is growing her hair to donate, hopes to have local hair stylists cut the hair during the halftime of the Feb. 6 Xavier women's basketball game at the Cintas Center. There also may be a similar event scheduled sometime in the spring.
For more information about Locks of Love, visit www.locksoflove.org.
For more information about the Xavier haircut donations, contact Foley at 513 924-5662.