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Over 30 Young Women Gather to Donate Hair to Locks of Love

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YAKIMA, Wash--Gathering today the Rainbow Girls shared nervous excitement, ready to donate their hair, which took some up to a year to grow.

As a tradition the young women donating hair made a circle on the floor while others joined in support. Then the big moment when inches upon inches were cut by a friend or mother.  

The hair will be donated to a non-profit called Locks of Love. Making wigs for children with long term medical hair loss, this organization takes donations from all over. Events like today's make a big difference.

"I believe it was over 36. So I'm gonna go home and count tonight and count how many inches there are and see how many wigs we've made for all the children," said Katie Jones.

It takes several donations to create one wig. Hair must be at least ten inches in length and clean to donate. Permed or dyed hair is also accepted.       

The hairpieces retail from $3,000 to $6,000, but are given to the those financially eligible.  Custom made for each recipient, the wigs give young children a boost of confidence.

For more information on how to donate check out Locks of Love's Web site: www.locksoflove.org