Donating more than hair

I believe that everyone is born with the instinct to help other people.

Some of us outgrow it, some of us don’t.  All kids struggle with sharing, but if you watch closely, you’ll see that more often than not, a child will hug another who is crying, will demand a bandage for a friend’s boo-boo, and decide to give up a beloved toy for someone else who might need it.

Sometimes, kids decide to give a piece of themselves.  Literally.

Today, Mitzi joined the community of thousands of children who donate their hair to worthy organizations.  She chose Wigs for Kids to be the recipient of her 12 inches of wavy locks — hair she’s been growing for nearly two years for just this purpose.

I’m all glowy with pride.  I hope that whatever instinct my 8-year-old daughter has for giving remains intact.  Ray and I try to model such behavior, in church offerings, in my participation in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, in Ray’s pro bono legal work in Boston and the surrounding communities.   Sometimes, we wonder what actually rubs off on the kids.  For now, it’s heartening to see that they have noticed what we do for other people — not much, but giving what we can.

 

 

Here

she is,

before

and 

after

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not easy for a child to change her entire outward appearance — when the stylist cut the ponytail off, Mitzi had a frozen, horrified look on her face.  For so long — a good chunk of her life — she’s had long hair.  To chop it off suddenly, well, it was a little shocking for us both.  I reminded us that it’s just hair — it can grow back.  Once the stylist had done her job, the worry was gone — what a cute ‘do!  Mitzi couldn’t stop admiring herself….

And somewhere, some day, some child undergoing medical treatment for cancer or another disease, or a child born with no ability to grow hair, somewhere, some child will wear my daughter’s hair and will feel good, healthy, normal.

Mitzi will never know who gets her hair — in fact, she may not really remember much of this experience.  But I will.  Forever I will remember that my baby gave what she could so that somebody else could smile.  A piece of herself will travel to another part of the country, and help someone have a better day — maybe even a better life.

How can you not smile?

 

 

3 thoughts on “Donating more than hair

  1. Very proud of Mitzi! I hope she continues to be a do-gooder all her life :) I know it makes me feel good when I volunteer, etc. and I think it is a valuable part of my life, I hope she’ll continue and feel the same way!

  2. What a wonderful act of love! Mitzi should be very proud of herself. It’s not easy to think of others sometimes. But it is really the thing that gives lasting joy. How much better you feel when you have helped a fellow traveler along life’s journey. How the world would be a better place if we remembered, and followed through, each day. Most of us are not able to do the “big” thing (whatever that may be) but with each small act of kindness to another we get a little better world. Thanks Mitzi, for reminding us that we are here to help one another! xo

  3. You and Ray should be very proud of Mitzi. You’ve taught her a very valuable thing which is wonderful to have–helping others who are less fortunate they we are.

    The new “do” looks great and she will have less trouble keeping in styled.

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