OU-C student Neeley Clary talks about why she is participating in the “Locks of Love” program and how college students can become involved in community service. View the video on the campus’ YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ouchillicothe
Two Ohio University-Chillicothe students have used recent trips to their hair stylists to benefit others who are facing serious health challenges. Neeley Clary and Nicole Pickerrell both donated their cropped hair to the “Locks of Love” program, which weaves the ponytails into hairpieces for children who have lost their own hair because of medical conditions.
“It is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I have an aunt who has cancer, and I thought this was a way to help those with the disease,” Clary said. “Having a wig or other hairpiece is a way to boost patients’ self-confidence and keeps their hopes up. During this time, they need as much happiness as they can have. I wanted to get my hair cut, and I thought I had might as well give it to someone who needs it.”
“That really brought home to me the effects that cancer and similar diseases can have on a person. This is just a small way that I can help. As college students, we may be busy, but this is a way to help others,” she said.
Pickerrell grew her hair for two years before donating 12 inches in April.
“I have always been focused on helping others. I think it is important to take time to help others,” said Pickerrell, a student employee in the Dean’s Office at OU-C.
Pickerrell has already earned an associate degree in business and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in specialized studies with an emphasis on business media communication and a minor in art.
According to its Web site (www.locksoflove.org), Locks of Love provides hairpieces financially disadvantaged children who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Donations of hair must be at least 10 inches and in a ponytail or braid.