Kids Grow Out Hair For Charity
They're helping others, snip by snip.
Despite being made fun of by the other kids at school (and mistaken for being a girl), Brodie Southgate has grown out his hair and donated it to charity - TWICE!
"They thought it was crazy because I am a boy and they don't usually see boys with long hair, and they also thought I was a girl," the 9-year old told InsideEdition .
Brodie donated his locks to Children with Hair Loss , a national non-profit that helps kids who are fighting cancer. The organization also provides wigs to burn victims, kids suffering from alopecia and those with other illnesses and disorders.
(Source: Ben Southgate Facebook )
While Brodie prefers his hair long, he's happy to help other kids who need it more.
"I wanted to grow it longer, so the kid that gets my hair really likes it," he said.
Brodie joins another group of do-gooders who made donations to the same organization last week. Four young girls visited a salon in Marshfield, MA to get haircuts for a cause. For one of the girls, the message was personal. Her dad had cancer as a young boy and was bullied when he lost his hair.
Laura Perry, one of the girls' moms, congratulated them on their good deed.
"They all know someone who has had cancer. Someone who has suffered hair loss, and they just wanted to help," she told MSN .
Children with Hair Loss provides customized human hair replacement and care kits to over 300 kids per year. The organization provides the kits to families at no cost.
(Source: CWHL Facebook )
CHL was founded in 2000 by Regina Villemure after her niece, Sarah, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphblastic Leukemia at 3 years old. When Sarah lost her hair due to the chemotherapy treatments she underwent, her family was unable to find a comfortable, high quality wig for her, or any organizations that provided them for free.
Regina, who was a hairdresser by trade, started the charity and began making wigs for children with cancer. Now, the company offers hair replacement options for children with many other diseases and disorders.
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If you're interested in donating hair, you can find more information on the organization's website .