Our Crowning Glory
As most of you know, I am an adult adviser for an awesome youth organization, The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. We just returned home from our 5 day annual convention in Fresno, Ca. I was so inspired by one of the events that I thought I'd share it here.
Last year, the Rainbow girls were asked to start growing out their hair for Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that makes wigs for children with long-term medical hair loss.
So the girls (and many adults) started growing their locks and in the last few weeks they have gone from having long, flowing manes to short, cropped hairdos. Some people had their hair cut prior to coming to the convention, and brought their hair in plastic baggies. Some had their hair cut as part of the "Locks of Love Hair Cutting Extravaganza."
At the appointed time, all those having their hair cut formed a giant heart on the convention center floor. The Guinness Book of World Records was present to document the event and see if it qualifies for a place in the Book of Records. The people who had their hair cut at the convention did not have professional hair dressers doing the job. Best friends, mothers, sisters, and daughters yielded the scissors that cut the hair into misshapen and uneven bobs.
They originally planned on 85 people having their hair cut on the floor, but people began pouring out of the stands to join the extravaganza. In the end, about 135 people cut their hair as part of the extravaganza.
Before the additional 50 or so people joined the crowd, they totaled the hair at 4,709 inches valued at $276,500. There is not yet a count that includes those 50 additional donors.
Isn't this incredible? 4 of my girls donated hair. I'm thinking about having my hair cut into a smart little bob and donating some of my own hair to the cause. What do you think? Does short hair suit me?