Students' Hair-Raising Event A Huge Success

Members of Penn State Worthington Scranton's Community Human Service Organization not only talked the talk, they walked the walk during the group's most recent fundraiser.


The group spent months planning a hair drive for the non-profit organization, Locks of Love, which provides high-quality wigs to children suffering from medical hair loss. 


The goal was to encourage members of the campus and local community to either donate six or more inches of hair, or to make a $5 donation to have their hair trimmed by a professional stylist, with all proceeds going to Locks of Love.  Hair stylists from Holiday Hair salons in Eynon and Dickson City also took part, volunteering their time and professional skills.


On the day of the event, numerous faculty, staff, students and local citizens showed up to take part, as well as CHSO members, who helped register donors, fill out paperwork, and, for some, sitting in the styling chair and getting a few inches of their crowning glory lopped off for charity.


Three of the group's members were some of the day's first donors.  Erika Mills, Susquehanna, and Andrea Summa, Scranton, donated about 14 inches each, while Sara VanLeuven, Vandling, had about four inches trimmed off of her hair for the effort.


One donor, Robert Armstrong of Throop, walked onto campus wearing a very long ponytail.  He opted to have it all cut off and in doing so, became the biggest donor of the day - with a total of 59 inches!


He did it in honor of his son, Penn State student Bob Armstrong, who recently attended Worthington Scranton and is now at University Park completing his degree.


By the end of the event, over 280 inches of hair (about 23 feet) and $160 was raised for Locks of Love.