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How did you learn about Locks of Love?

My cousin, Bailey, did it last year and I thought it was really nice of her. But my hair wasn’t long enough yet, so I had to grow it out.

Why did you want to donate your hair?

I want to be able to give to other kids that are in need. I know I wouldn’t want to not have hair. I can always grow my hair back so it is OK to get it cut. These kids don’t have that choice. It makes me feel happy that I can give hair to someone who needs it.

How did you get in touch with them?

By looking them up on the Internet at www.locksoflove.org and then my mom called them and talked to a lady who told her all about it.

How does your hair get to Locks of Love, and from there to become a wig?

We mailed the ponytails — we got 14 of them — to Locks of Love. Then they will have a special wig company make special wigs for kids for underprivileged kids under 18 that don’t have hair because they are sick or have a disease or got hurt or burned. The wigs usually cost $3,000 to $5,000 to make, but because they use donated hair it just costs about $1,000 to make. It takes a lot of ponytails just to make one wig. It takes a month to make just one wig.

Will you know who gets your hair?

No, just someone who needs it and can’t grow it like I can.

Did you end up “losing” all your hair or only a certain length?

I got my hair cut all the way to my chin but some people didn’t get it cut that short. We had to cut at least 10 inches or more of hair.

Did it feel funny to have so much of your hair cut off?

Not really, but it was weird holding the ponytail of my hair in my hand.

Did you look in the mirror and think “who’s that?”

Yeah, sometimes when I look into the mirror I forget that I cut my hair, but I like it. I used to have my hair put in a ponytail for gymnastics but now I don’t.

What kind of people gave their hair — was it just your classmates or were there people from other grades or adults?

None of them were in my class but some went to my school. There were seven kids and seven adults. Me and my mom made fliers, and me and my dad went to the Navy exchange and we went there and to the commissary and gave everyone with long hair a flier.

Are going to do it again?

I am just gonna keep growing out my hair so I can cut it again and again and again and give it to the kids.

Interview by Jason Chudy.

Alexandra “Alex” Hammond

Age: 8

Hometown: Gig Harbor, Wash.

Parents: Air Force Master Sgt. Richard and Jan Hammond

Job: Student (third grade), David G. Farragut Elementary School, Naval Station Rota, Spain

Claim to fame: Cut and donated hair to Locks of Love. She also got others to donate their hair.

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