Warner Robins High students cut, donate hair

Warner Robins High students cut, donate hair

jmink@macon.comSeptember 6, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Standing in front of her peers, a pair of scissors held to her long, brown hair, Camille Whitson was “extremely nervous.”

“But excited, too,” the Warner Robins High School freshman said.

She clasped her hands together, look upward and gritted her teeth as her friend placed the blades around a clump of hair. Chop. Ten inches gone.

But for Camille and three others who cut their hair Friday, it was worth it. Since 2005, the school has held a hair-cutting event for Locks of Love, encouraging people to chop their hair for the organization.

“That’s a big sacrifice to give your hair, especially as a high schooler,” said Randi Collier, a Warner Robins High science teacher and event organizer. “It’s phenomenal to me that they’re willing to do it.”

Locks of Love is a national organization that gives hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who have medical hair loss. The Warner Robins High program began in honor of Joanna McAfee, the daughter of a former Warner Robins High teacher who died at age 6 after battling cancer.

At first, Collier and one other person donated their hair. Now, students approach Collier throughout the year, asking when the event will be held.

“These kids can’t afford to give a whole lot of money,” Collier said, “but they can afford to give their hair.”

As someone separated 10 inches of her hair into small ponytails, Camille said she wanted to donate in honor of her aunt, who died a couple of days ago of breast cancer.

“It’s just a little something I can do,” she said. “Anything I can do to help somebody else.”

Katherine Anne Bakrania’s mouth dropped as the scissors snapped, and a long ponytail of her thick, dark hair was placed in a plastic bag.

“There’s an overabundance of it,” Bakrania, a senior, said about her hair. “And there are people who do have a need for it.”

Shelbi Moncrief, a sophomore, beamed as her shoulder-length hair turned into a short, cropped hairdo.

“A lot of little girls don’t have hair,” she said, “and that’s kind of sad because you know how girls are with their hair.”

After the crowd watched Rebecca Frye get her hair chopped, the sophomore stood to the side of the room, cautiously touching her short, blonde style. Her hair felt lighter and cooler, and she said she was happy to give it to someone who has lost their hair.

“People who have as much as I do, we should give it to them,” she said.

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