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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012

More on hair donation

The sad truth about LOCKS OF LOVE and hair donation.
Please read before you donate.
Please go to any hair donation site before you donate so you
know the facts.
(The article that lead to investigation on locks of love)

LINK STILL UP! Posted here for your convenience. ?pagewanted=1&_r=3&adxnnlx=1189688589-tkg5awRMcBm627D1VsotpQ September 6, 2007 Lather, Rinse, Donate By ELIZABETH HAYT "A STREAM of girls in green T-shirts bustled into the gym at Seton High School in Cincinnati last May, scrambled into folding chairs and bowed their heads. As more than 400 spectators counted down, volunteers pulled the girls' locks taut into ponytails and, on cue, sheared off eight inches, creating blond, brunette and raven pompoms that many girls shook and twirled." "The newly shorn more than 200 students, siblings and friends had been preparing for this cut-a-thon for months, growing their hair for Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a charitable program that makes wigs for women facing cancer treatment. Jen Sherman, 16, a junior, participated because her mother and her aunt had died of cancer." "I did it for them, as a way to remember them," said Jen, whose sister, Megan, cut off her light-colored ponytail. "It felt really special." "Forget collecting pennies for Unicef or washing cars to raise money for hospitals. One of the most popular ways young people are contributing to charity these days everyone from Girl Scouts to bar mitzvah boys is growing their hair long and donating it for wigs for children and women with serious diseases." "It's not just teenagers. Biker clubs have organized cut-a-thons. Professional athletes have held public shearings. The NBC news anchor Ann Curry lopped off the actress Diane Lane's mane on the "Today" show last year." "But although charities have been highly effective at stirring the passions of donors, they have been less successful at finding a use for the mountains of hair sent to them as a result. As much as 80 percent of the hair donated to Locks of Love, the best known of the charities, is unusable for its wigs, the group says. Many people are unaware of the hair donation guidelines and send in hair that is gray, wet or moldy, too short, or too processed, some of which is immediately thrown away. Even hair that survives the winnowing may not go to the gravely ill, but may be sold to help pay for charities' organizational costs." "At the headquarters of Locks of Love in Lake Worth, Fla., the hair deluge up to 2,000 individual donations a week can be daunting for the small staff of six employees and 10 to 15 volunteers." "We created this monster because people get so much from it," said Ms. "C", the president of Locks of Love. "They get the attention. They get a warm and fuzzy feeling. They feel they're going to help a child." "Locks of Love sends the best of the hair it receives to a wig manufacturer, Taylormade Hair Replacement in Millbrae, Calif., which weeds through the selection still further, rejecting up to half." "We hate throwing it away but ultimately we have to clear the place out," said Greg Taylor, the president and owner of Taylormade. "There is a disparity between the hundreds and hundreds of braids and ponytails and the number of hairpieces we've produced." "Mr. Taylor sells the wigs wholesale to Locks of Love for less than $1,000. Since the charity began in December 1997, it has provided about 2,000 wigs to recipients for free or a reduced price. The group makes clear in its literature and on its Web site that most of the wig recipients are not children with cancer. Rather, they are children who suffer from alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that destroys follicles and results in hair loss. About 2 percent of the population, including half a million children, are estimated to have alopecia." "But many alopecia sufferers seem unaware that they are the group's main priority; only about 10 apply for a wig each week, Ms. "C" said. Many donors, too, seem ignorant or only partly aware of the group's focus. Maggie Varney, a hairdresser and owner of a salon in St. Clair Shores, Mich., said she was shocked to learn that hair she collected from her clients and sent to Locks of Love was not used for wigs for children with cancer. In reaction, she formed her own nonprofit, Wigs 4 Kids, in 2003, which receives a few dozen donations of hair a month that are made into wigs that go predominantly to children with cancer." "Two other groups also serve people with cancer. Pantene Beautiful Lengths, started in June last year, has the resources of Pantene, the $3 billion global hair product division of Procter & Gamble, including teams of publicists who stage cutting fests. Already the program has received 18,000 ponytails 8,000 more than originally projected and distributed 2,000 wigs to women with cancer, said Seth Klugherz, the North American Pantene brand manager." "Wigs for Kids, the oldest hair donation charity, was started more than 25 years ago by Jeffrey Paul, a designer and retailer of hairpieces. It receives 600 to 800 donations a month, he said, for wigs that usually go to children with cancer, but also to those with other medical conditions. The lesser-known charities receive less unusable hair than Locks of Love, which has become almost synonymous with the cause and attracts mass donations." "R. W. McQuarters, a cornerback for the New York Giants who donated his dreadlocks to Locks of Love in March, said he wishes he had known that they are unacceptable for wigmaking and probably ended up in the trash. "I'd rather them send back the hair," he said. "I could have sold them on eBay and then taken the cash and given it to charity." "In fact, all three of the children's charities sell excess hair in particular, the short and the gray to commercial wig makers to defray costs. According to its tax returns, Locks of Love made $1.9 million from hair sales from 2001 to 2006, and took in another $3.4 million in donations. Besides paying for wigs, the money goes for overhead and other costs, including grants for alopecia research." "The donations keep rolling in, perhaps because cutting off one's hair for charity is an altruistic deed that doesn't require a financial contribution, which may be why it appeals so much to children. It is also an intimate act that suggests an instant result, said Bennett Weiner, the chief operating officer of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, a national monitor of charities. "People like the feeling that their gift will be helping now," Mr. Weiner said." "Most of those who give are adolescent girls, like Eliza Stuber of Albany, Calif. At her bat mitzvah ceremony in July last year, she announced her intention to donate her brown tresses to Locks of Love. Later that day, she showed up at her party with a new short cut, her pledge fulfilled." "Lately boys and even men have gotten into the act, like Brennan Blomgren, 17, from St. Paul, Minn., who blogged about wanting to donate his hair and then gave a foot of his blond mop to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. He also held a public cutting event for the charity in December at the Mall of America." "Other donors include Mikey Teutul, a biker known from the television show "American Chopper," who has twice chopped off his hair for Locks of Love. Prisoners at the Racine Correctional Institute in Sturtevant, Wis., will "grow their hair during their entire incarceration and cut it before they're released," said Uv Kamm, the prison's recreational leader." "The idea that donated hair can benefit a gravely ill woman or child is so pervasive that some long-haired people even report being harassed for not chopping off their locks. Heidi Woeller, 47, an administrative assistant at a hardware company in DeKalb, Ill., whose hair reaches the back of her calves when worn loose, recalled that at an antiques fair last summer two women asked if she intended to donate. When she said no, they berated her, insisting she set an example. "They're basically asking, `What are your charitable intentions this year? " Ms. Woeller said." "Perhaps they would be less adamant if they could visit Ms. "C" in the Locks of Love office in Florida. Every day the hanks of hair arrive, filling some 10 postal bins, representing the best intentions of donors, but so much of it destined for the trash." "A check would be easier for me," Ms. "C" said. "But would the donors get out of it what they do? No." 2007 The N.Y. Times Company **** Below is the dispute between Ms "C" and T.Stamp**** Saved for informational purposes. Links are no longer on the net.
they disappeared
and are not available
after Mr Stamp retired. T. Stamp Gender: Male Industry: Non-Profit Occupation: President Location: Mahwah : NJ : United States About Me T. Stamp served as the founding president of Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator, from 2001-2008. Part ONE T. Stamp's Take "The president of Charity Navigator gives an insider's perspective to the inspiring, intriguing, and sometimes idiotic inner workings of the world of non-profits and charities. Friday, September 07, 2007 Hair-Raising Charity News We've tried for a while to educate donors to the fact that when they donate their car to a charity, in 99% of the cases, the charity simply sells the car at auction and keeps the proceeds. They don't actually use the car to drive around and do good works. The same is true when you donate your clothes. Generally, the clothes are sold (in bulk, by the pound) and the charity receives pennies for your old pants. Basically, if you give the charity non-cash items, they throw out what they find unusable and sell the rest to fund their operations. But did you know that the same was true of your hair? According to this story in the N.Y.Times, 80% of the hair that is donated to the popular charity, Locks of Love, is "immediately thrown out" due to it being unusable for wig making. And the majority of what actually makes the cut (sorry) does "not go to the gravely ill, but is sold to help pay for charities' organizational costs." And this is no small business. According to its tax returns, Locks of Love made $1.9 million from hair sales from 2001 to 2006. I must admit that I was surprised by these findings. I knew that the hair donation program was primarily a gimmick designed to build awareness and generate donations, (and to be fair, one of the most brilliant marketing ideas we've ever seen in this sector), and assumed that the wig-making was simply a small percentage of the group's operations. But I had no idea that such a small amount of the hair that they received actually found its way to the head of a person who had lost their hair because of disease. And I suspect that most donors would be shocked to find this out too. I'm willing to bet that virtually none of the teenage girls who have adopted the shearing as a way to demonstrate their willingness to help the less fortunate would give up their hair if they knew that most was thrown out, and the rest was usually sold. I'm not accusing Locks of Love of anything here. I think they're a good group and brilliant marketers. But as a donor's advocate, I think it's fair to share with donors that in most cases, their selfless gesture of donating their hair is an empty one, and their gorgeous locks will usually end up in a trash can, serving no one. R. W. McQuarters, a professional football player who donated his dreadlocks to Locks of Love, actually says it far better than I ever could: "I'd rather them send back the hair," he said. "I could have sold them on eBay and then taken the cash and given it to charity." posted by T.Stamp at 10:46 AM 9-7-07" PART TWO: "Friday, September 07, 2007 Locks of Love Responds (and Calls the NY Times Liars) Ms "C", President of the Board of Directors of Locks of Love, read my post today and asked if she could respond to it, and more importantly, to yesterday's N. Y.Times piece about her organization. I am happy to do so. In essence, she says that the Times lied, in a deliberate attempt to embarrass and disparage her group. Here is Ms. "C" response: "Locks of Love has enjoyed many years of accurate media, high ratings from well respected organizations, positive feedback from hair donors and recipients. The New York Times article which appeared on Thursday, September 6th that Mr. Stamp refers to is not only inaccurate but inappropriate in its intent. This reporter actually acknowledged to several people interviewed that she was unable to discover any of the negative information her "editors" asked her to report. After numerous and lengthy interviews with this reporter over a few week period, the story does not reflect the conversations that occurred. Our last contact with this reporter was the day prior to the story appearing. At this time she hoped to extrapolate on a factual statistic given to her and created a quote that states inflated numbers. She was discouraged from using the inaccurate quotations. Unfortunately, our suggestions were not heeded. To clarify exactly what information she had and should have utilized: The ONLY hair that is EVER "thrown out" is hair that has been swept off the floor or has become moldy from being packaged wet over a long period, prior to receipt. The grossly false interpretation of this fact is unprofessional and inexcusable and diminishes the efforts of volunteers who assist with our daily mail. The Locks of Love Web site has and continues to provide guidelines for donating as well as information which details how unusable hair still benefits the children in need, although not physically placed in a prosthesis. In addition, she chose not to include the exciting successes for new treatment as a direct result of a Locks of Love $500,000 research grant to the University of Miami Department of Dermatology to find a cure. Locks of Love recognizes all the charitable gestures from donors with a personalized thank you, which is mailed to their homes if return address information is provided. All donors can be assured that hair submissions, which meet the requirements posted on will be used in a prosthesis for a child with long term medical hair loss. These children have endured disappointments in their lives that many of us could only imagine. For this seemingly, intentional misrepresentation in The N.Y.Times and its attempt to cast a shadow on the good deeds of Locks of Love, is simply unconscionable. Ms "C" President, Locks of Love" posted by T.Stamp at 4:42 PM 9-7-07" PART THREE "Monday, September 10, 2007 Who's the Liar? For those of you who ducked out a little early on Friday, you may have missed the president of Locks of Love, one of America's best-known charities, using this blog to accuse the New York Times of maliciously slandering them. It started when the Times wrote a story last week claiming Locks of Love was being dishonest in their operations. From there. I wrote a piece for this blog, and then Locks of Love contacted me in an effort to set the story straight. I agreed to post the Locks of Love response. And we now have a classic case of "he said/she said," only the "he" is one of America's most-respected newspapers and the "she" is one of America's most-respected charities. And one of them, to be frank, is a liar. The N.Y.Times says that, according to Locks of Love themselves, "80% of the hair donated to Locks of Love is unusable" and thus thrown out. Locks of Love president Ms "C" says she has no idea where the Times got that number. According to her, "the only hair that is ever thrown out is hair that has been swept off the floor or has become moldy from being packaged wet over a long period of time, prior to receipt." While Locks of Love states that they exist to provide wigs for people who suffer from alopecia areata, a non-fatal disease that causes hair loss, they believe that the Times tried to make them look worse by subtly claiming that they are there to serve "gravely ill women and children." The N.Y. Times says their story is, as always, "all the news that's fit to print." Locks of Love says that the reporter in question, Ms Hayt, acknowledged to them that her editors asked her to dig up "negative information." When she was unable to find any such information, Locks of Love says she resorted to "inaccurate quotations," "created quotes," and made up "conversations that did not occur." In a telephone discussion with Ms. "C" of Locks of Love on Friday, she told me that the reporter from the Times had called her in tears, apologizing for what the Times editors had done to her story and the reputation of Locks and Love. So what do we have here? Is the N.Y. Times on a malicious and slanderous vendetta to destroy a charity that provides wigs for sick children? Or is Locks of Love, one of the most revered charities in the nation, lying about what they do, and using me in the process? Frankly, I don't know. But I think donors, and readers, deserve to know the truth. Posted by T.Stamp at 8:24 AM 9-10-07" T. Stamp resigned/retired in 2008 and the links I had went dead, but luckily I copied these articles.
Here is all of his info that is no longer on the net.
I bet LOL was happy to see them disappear when he retired.