Friday, March 13, 2009

Lots of Love to Locks of Love

In this day and age it is hard to know whether or not charities are good samaritans or evil doers exploiting our generousity. Case in point -

After yesterday's post, I was concerned about the feedback I got about Locks of Love from my fellow Shades of Light fan, The Upstart. She stated that her hair (which sounds freaking gorgeous! hello hair model!) wouldn't make the cut at one of the best known charities in America. So I followed her well-spoken (err, well-typed) advice and did some of my own research.

Here's what I came up with:

  • No charity can use every single thing donated
  • No charity can sell every single thing for the highest amount
  • No charity is going to be perfect or flawless because they are run by humans who are imperfect and full of flaws

And so my decision is to keep with my original support of Locks of Love. This may offend people...well, tough cookies. I am standing by my decision. I am Hayden and this is my Shamu.

A huge thank you goes out to The Upstart for encouraging me to get some charity enlightenment. And a million points goes to each one of you that told me about your donated follicles....dudettes, you rock! Even if your locks end up getting sold to a doll company instead of adorning some child's shiny bud-free head, your act was still a good deed and it still benefits the charity. So high-fives all around!

Oh and those of you that haven't voted on a Shades of Light rug for my kitch, get to it! This is my call for help -

(clockwise from top left)

Totally chic and super comfy on the knees for those baking marathons - Happy Trellis Rug in green
Uber durable and easy to clean for when spills happen - Variegated Round Rug
Cheerful hue and texture galore for a little global inspiration - Soho Dhurri Rug in yellow


The Upstart said...

I vote for the first one, the square, green rug.

I should add that selling hair by weight is fine if you have thin, average, or processed hair. If you have hair that's considered "virgin" like mine, you're better off selling it yourself. I doubt LOL got $450 for the first ponytail I gave them.

I've fine with LOL still doing their thing, I just want people to be more aware of where their hair is going and also don't pressure people with long hair to donate it (you'd be surprised how common those comments get when your hair hits your lower back).

Anyway, if you're interested, here's my hair around the time I last cut it.

Schwartz Family said...

Good For you for donating to a charity. I think your doing a good thing.

My vote is on the round rug. I do like the square green one too but I just think the round one is unique and chic.

Katie said...

Hiya Upstart! I think you are absolutely right...LOL probably did not get $450 for your lovely red strands. Speaking of hair - did I ever mention that I wanted red hair for the longest time?! Yeah - I went through a Anne of Green Gables stage :) I think it is wonderful that you are willing to use your hair-growing gift to serve go girl!

XO - Katie

Freckles Chick said...

I'm so naive when it comes to charities. You both bring up very good points. In the end, hopefully someone in need will benefit from this.

Lori said...

I like the yellow one!