Trinity Lutheran School students have a big heart. Throughout the school year, they learn about Jesus’ love for them as well as others. They also learn that we are commanded to be disciples of Jesus, which means we should share his love with others by loving them as he loved us. Several of the Trinity students showed that love by donating to Locks Of Love this year. One of our 4th graders told us why she wanted to donate to those in need.
“I wanted to cut my hair because I wanted to help children that didn’t have any hair. I didn’t want them to get laughed at. Also, I didn’t want them to feel left out with not having any hair if their friends did. If I cut my hair every year I would think it would make at least 60 wigs. I think I helped a lot of people by doing Locks Of Love, and when I have long enough hair I will send it to Locks Of Love again.” -Elizabeth, 4th Grade
Locks of Love was started in 1997 by Mrs. Madonna Coffman with the goal of every financially disadvantaged child suffering from long-term hair loss. Locks of Love takes hair donations from all over and uses them to create hair pieces which are then distributed to patients 21yrs old and younger that meet the requirements. While wearing a hairpiece is certainly not a cure for these children, it can help restore some of the normalcy to their everyday lives that most of us take for granted.
Restoring normalcy means restoring self-esteem, restoring routine, and restoring friendships and relationships. That is what donors are doing when they agree to cut their hair and give it to strangers who need it. That is what our Trinity students are doing. They selflessly give of themselves so that someone they have never met might have a chance to feel good about who they are, that those strangers might have a better life. They are living out what they are being taught in school.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35