Kids & Family

Need A Haircut? Grab The Clippers For A Good Cause

Watch how one family is encouraging folks to post their own quarantine haircuts to help raise money for charity.

After over two months of sheltering-in-place, I think it's safe to say that a lot of us could use a haircut (myself included).

And while some areas of the country have eased restrictions and have allowed barber shops and salons to re-open, the rest of us are still stuck at home with our split ends and overgrown fades.

One family is encouraging people to reach for the clippers and do their cuts themselves, and to share their before-and-after photos – all for a good cause.

The idea came when Scott Kramer decided to take matters into his own hands and do his own haircut at home with a pair of Amazon-bought clippers.

"I told Pammy I'm either going for Tom Hanks in 'Cast Away,' or I'm going for Tom Hanks in 'Forrest Gump,'" Scott joked.

Pammy is Scott's wife, and the two started a foundation in 2018 when they lost their three-year-old daughter Maddie to a rare form of cancer.

Nine months after Maddie died, the Kramers established "Dancing While Cancering" to stock hospitals with backpacks for children who are admitted for cancer treatment. The bright green backpacks are called "smile packs" after their daughter's bubbly personality, and they contain toys, decorations and other fun things to make a hospital room feel more like home.

"The hope is really to be there for families when they're at that rock bottom trauma moment, and remind them that room is theirs, and that space is theirs, and they have a job to do for their child," Scott said.

Dancing While Cancering provides backpacks to spread joy to families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer. Dancing While Cancering/Facebook

After Scott posted pics of his own DIY haircut, he started asking others to do the same. For each post that was shared using the hashtag #MyQuarantineCut, the Kramers pledged to donate $10 to Dancing While Cancering.

"We just thought it was a cool way to take something everybody is doing anyway and put it to some good," Pammy said.

So far, the Kramers have counted 78 posts on social media and have donated $780 to their foundation. Most of the posts have come from Scott and Pammy's family and friends, but they're hoping the hashtag will catch on outside of their own friend circles.

People are doing their own quarantine haircuts to help raise money for Dancing while Cancering. @miracles.and.lights

"We didn't want to ask for money from people at this time," Scott said. "We just wanted to bring a smile to people and make it meaningful. The best part has been any time anyone sends us a photo or video, they're smiling. So it's doing what Maddie does best: joy and meaning, joy and meaning."

What a great way to make the most out of a tough situation. If the lockdown lasts much longer, we'll be posting our own quarantine cuts real soon!

Posts are popping up with the hashtag #MyQuarantineCut to help raise funds for Dancing While Cancering. @miracles.and.lights

How can you start something good?

Inspired by the Kramers' creative act of kindness?

You can raise $10 for Dancing While Cancering by doing your own quarantine cut. Just be sure to use the hashtag #MyQuarantineCut when you post your before and after pics to social media!

If you want to skip the haircut but would still like to make a donation, just click the donate button on the Dancing While Cancering Facebook page.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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