Saturday, February 03, 2007

A Family Hairloom

Carmena Capp has made a unique donation to Locks of Love, a non-profit that provides hairpieces to kids and teens suffering from permanent hair loss.

Fannie "Frances" Amelia Fretwell Wilkerson -- her birth certificate says Fannie, but she went by Frances -- died in Boise, Idaho, in 2001 when she was 89. Among her things, Capp found a pair of braids with a note in Aunt Frances' handwriting: "My own hair -- cut when I was a teenager -- about 1926?"
Locks of Love accepts hair donations that are at least 10 inches long and bundled in ponytails or braids. The hair must be clean, dry and packed in a plastic bag.

And, according to guideline No. 7 on the organization's Web site, "Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid." [Link]

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