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Published:October 13th, 2008 11:27 EST
Locks of Love, or just a big pile of...

Locks of Love, or just a big pile of...

By Vincent Gonzalez

According to Locks of Love mission statement, "Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children." All those generous people who donated their time and effort to supply their own hair for what they believed to be a good cause would be shocked to find out that most of the hair that Locks of Love gets in donations is sold overseas.

The sad fact is that Locks of Love makes money off harvesting your given hair and selling it at market price to overseas commercial wig makers. Pure and simple. It`s that warm fuzzy feeling that you get that only being lied to can provide. Locks of Love claims that they get over 2000 (ponytail) donations a week, which would be over 104,000 a year. And they say they`ve made "over a thousand" wigs. If you do the math, at ten ponytails per wig, that`s enough hair to make ten thousand, four hundred wigs a year ? That, alone, should be enough to quiet anyone.  

There`s evidence out their claiming that over 3,000 ponytails are donated each week, that`s even more sickening when you realize they get more donations that they could EVER use for what they are being founded for to help and are just really profiting off people`s selfless generosity.

Here are some general facts about Locks of Love: Locks of Love receives more hair that they actually use to make wigs for cancer patients, Locks of Love SELLS the surplus hair for CASH!, in 2005, they received $552,554 in contributions, they also do not give out every wig for free, they charged juvenile cancer patients according to their parent`s income level, in 2005 alone Locks of Love sold over $352,401 of hair. With these profits, one wonders how much they are selling the hair for? Based on this evidence, I`ve concluded that basically its become common for Locks of Love to take people`s hair and then take money from dying kids. Yet for some reason, so many people get duped into donating their hair to this organization. It makes me wonder.