By Natalie Younts
Killeen Daily Herald
Nine-year-old Madison Stanley had her 14-inch ponytail cut off Friday at Cinnabar Hair Design in Killeen. She donated it to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
If I lost my hair, Id want someone to do that, Madison said. She also donated her hair in June 2002, when she was 6 years old.
Johnnie Bannister, owner of Cinnabar, cut Madisons hair both times. The girls mother and friend accompanied her.
Bannister said anyone who gets 10 inches or more cut off can donate it to Locks of Love.
The organization receives more than 2,000 hair donations in the mail per week. Eighty percent of the hair donors are children.
Locks of Love produces more than 1,000 hairpieces per year and sends them to recipients in all 50 states and Canada.
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