NAPLES, Italy — Hair today, gone tomorrow. For charity, that is.

The Naval Support Activity Naples area ombudsmen are looking for volunteers to donate their hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair because of medical reasons.

About a dozen people have signed up to have their hair cut Tuesday at the Gricignano Navy Exchange beauty salon, said organizer Kristine Eakins, including a handful of school-aged children.

Sign-ups will be taken until Monday evening.

“I think it’s great that kids understand that they’re helping other kids,” she said.

The idea to collect hair for Locks of Love came from Naples elementary students Olivia Burch and Erzsebet Kalwaitis, Eakins said.

Kalwaitis has already donated her hair once to Locks of Love and is expecting to do it again.

Burch will be doing it for the first time, said mother Joanne, a substitute teacher at the elementary school.

“She saw the Locks of Love Web site and saw kids with no hair,” Burch said. “She’s only 7. If she wants long hair, she has many years to re-grow it.”

Those wanting to donate their hair to Locks of Love must contact Kristine Eakins by Monday evening at 081-811-5583, DSN 629-5583. Walk-ins will not be allowed, and donated hair must be at least 10 inches long.

The Gricignano Navy Exchange Beauty Salon will be cutting the hair for free, but will charge for any additional styling.

Eakins said that they’re even looking for people with short hair to help out.

“If people can’t get their hair cut, or don’t want to, they can make a cash donation,” she said.

Any collected money will be used by the organization to pay for the creation of the wigs.

More information on Locks of Love is available at

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