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Senior changes appearance and helps a child
Chad Jones looks at the ponytails just before the scissors.
RUMFORD -- Some graduating seniors prepare for graduation by sending out invitations. Some plan a party to celebrate their accomplishments. Others think about their appearance.
Mountain Valley High School Senior Chad Jones decided on a hair cut and in the process helped someone he will never meet.
“I started growing my hair freshman year and thought it was time to cut it off for graduation,” Jones explained.
But that wasn’t enough. Jones is a young man who is always willing to help others. During high school, he tutored other students. His teachers know him as someone who will lend a hand in the classroom to hang posters or clean up after others.
So it came as no surprise that he decided to donate his hair to Locks of Love. According to the website, “Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.”
Jones’s hair cut at Tah-dah Hair Salon began with hairdresser Sandy Child tying his hair into two ponytails. To be eligible for donation the pony tails have to be at least 10 inches.
Child said, “This is great, Chad, you have 11 inches!”
After the ponytails were cut off, Child shaped the remaining hair into a style of Jones’s choice.
“It feels strange but I’ll get used to it,” Jones said with a grin as he surveyed the handiwork in the salon’s mirror.
Jones’s ponytails were sent to Florida to make custom-manufactured hair prostheses that would cost $3,500 to $6,000 on the retail market. Each protheses requires six to ten ponytails and can be styled to compliment the child’s facial features. The protheses can be worn while swimming, showering or doing active sports like gymnastics.
Jones was anxious about his classmates’ reaction. “Some people had to look twice to make sure it was me. Most said it looked good.”
During the graduation festivities, Jones will sport a new look and know he helped a stranger look and feel better.