Local woman gives her hair to children in need
Carla Alvarez watched patiently as 10 inches of her long, thick, wavy hair was cut one braid at a time Wednesday, knowing she would be left with barely enough to run a comb through.
For Alvarez the haircut was not a fashion statement, but an act of charity.
When Alvarez, a Mohave County Sheriff's Office dispatcher, was cruising the Internet recently she found a web site called "Wigs for Kids."
"It is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to children who have lost their hair for some reason," Alvarez said.
"Some children suffer hair loss due to cancer or alopecia, or are burn accident victims or have other medical conditions."
The information asks for hair donations to be used to make wigs for the children.
The families receive the wigs at no charge.
The child receives a custom made, human-hair replacement wig, specifically designed for that child.
"Children can be cruel.
If a child has no hair, he or she could be made fun of.
Wigs help the children feel better about themselves," Alvarez said.
She said the information specified that the hair should be at least 10 inches long and must be braided and put in a plastic bag to be sent to Wigs for Kids.
"It won't leave me much.
I may have to shave my head," she joked before the haircut.
Alvarez said through further research she has found "many charities in which people can donate just about anything."
Alvarez has lived in Kingman for about 10 months.
She in the U.S.
Navy stationed in California and Hawaii for nine years before moving here.
Although she has no children of her own, she said she wants to continue to help children in need.
"I'll wait until my hair grows, and I'll cut it again.
Maybe I can get my mother-in-law to cut her hair.
She has long hair," she said.
To find out more about Wigs for Kids visit www.wigsforkids.org.