QHS senior plans hair-raising event for Feb. 21
Dayanira Quintero, a senior at Quincy High School, is trying to grow out her hair in hopes of cutting it off in just more than a week.
The coordinator of the first-ever Locks of Love event at Quincy High School, Quintero also wants to make her contribution to the organization, which collects hairpieces from people to be made into wigs for children who have cancer or who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
Quintero asks that people in the community who can spare their hair to join her on Feb. 21 in donating to the organization.
“I’m hoping to do it,” she said. “I’m trying to grow out my hair.”
Based in West Palm Beach, Fla., Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children to help improve their self-confidence and give them a sense of normalcy in their lives.
When Quintero heard that the high school’s Youth Action club was looking for someone to organize the Locks of Love event as a senior project, Quintero jumped at the opportunity. A Running Start student at Big Bend Community College, Quintero wants to go into nursing. So the program was a good match for her.
Hair to be donated must be at least 10 inches long, from tip to tip, clean and dry, and free from bleach. Locks of Love accepts colored or relaxed hair, and curly hair may be pulled straight to be measured.
Professional stylists and beauty school students have volunteered to cut the donated hair, Quintero said. However, someone can bring a hairpiece donation to the event. Donations, which must be stored in a ponytail inside a Ziplock bag, will be accepted at the entrance.
Quintero said she doesn’t know how many people to expect for the first-time event; however, she’s hoping that it can be an annual fundraiser – or hair raiser – in Quincy.
“It will be a great help for those kids who don’t have hair,” she said.
The event is 3 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the high school.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org