For the second consecutive year, Penn State Worthington Scranton's Community Service Club has partnered with Holiday Hair in conducting a hair drive for the national Locks of Love organization to help disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss.
Club members are encouraging students, staff and faculty to participate and the event is open to the general public. Individuals can donate their own hair or they can pay $8 to have their hair cut by a professional stylist. All proceeds will go to Locks of Love.
Donated hair must be at least six inches in length and clean and dry. It must also be in a ponytail or braid, and cannot be bleached, while hair that has been dyed or permed, can be used.
Locks of Love is a nationally recognized non-profit that provides vacuum-fitted hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children ages 6 to 21, suffering from long-term medical hair loss. They use donated human hair in order to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. The prostheses they provide help to restore self-esteem and confidence, enabling these children to face the world and their peers.
The event will take place Wednesday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the campus' Study Learning Center. All are welcome and appointments are not needed. For more information, call Brandon at 570-766-0772.
Student organizers are hoping to have at least 250 inches of hair donated during the drive. If they reach or exceed that goal, club advisor Dr. Matt Mutchler has promised to shave his beard and head.
In the picture above right are organizers of this year's Locks of Love Hair Drive, from left: Janice Warner, Honesdale; Heather Konrad, Bloomsburg; Amy Smith, Scott Twp.; Dr. Matt Mutchler, club advisor; Amanda Smith, Scott Twp.; Brandon Puglisi, Mayfield; Rebecca Ruane, Moscow; Stephanie Ficarro, Susquehanna; and Lasha Wyman, Scranton.