Locks of Love hair donations often thrown away; Importance of Hand Washing

Locks of Love hair donations often thrown away
A startling report reveals that the snipped hair for Locks of Love is often thrown away.

From Ann Curry on The Today Show to students at the Chicago International Charter School in Bucktown, generous donors have all snipped their locks to help sick children.

However, a story in The New York Times says as much as 80% of the 2000 daily donations to Locks of Love are unusable for its wigs. What’s more, a lot of the donation is either sold off or thrown away.

According to the charity, so much of the hair is unusable because of its condition. The donated locks are grey, wet or moldy, shorter than the 10 inch minimum length or too processed to be used again in a wig.

The president of Locks of Love told The Times that the charity has created a monster because people get so much from it.

To date, the organization has helped over 2,000 children in all 50 states and Canada.


Cold and Flu season is just around the corner and doctors say one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is good hand washing.

However, a new report from the Soap and Detergent Association finds that people have pretty average hand hygiene overall.

Most people said they always washed their hands after using the bathroom, however, a third or fewer of participants said they always lathered up after coughing or sneezing.

The Association gave students and fathers a D when it came to hand hygiene.

Moms, teachers and school nurses ranked a bit higher, with a grade of a B.


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