April 16, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's soccer team is partnering with the UNM Women's Resource Center to assist with awareness for Locks of Love.
Next Thursday, April 22, the Lobos will collect hair donations outside UNM's Student Union Building for children suffering from long term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21.
"This is an unbelievable opportunity to help children in need," said Lobo head coach Kit Vela. "It's a great opportunity for our girls to reach out and give back, literally from themselves to others. We want to get the Lobo community together and get as much hair as we possibly can and send it to Locks of Love."
Senior-to-be Elizabeth Lambert spearheaded the event and is no stranger to the Locks of Love charity.
"This is a great cause and it's something that me and my whole family have taken part in before," said Lambert. "I have hair that will grow back, so why not donate it to kids who don't have any. I did it when I was a junior in high school and I have no problem helping out again. A custom-made hairpiece will help boost the self-esteem level of a child in need."
Participants in Locks of Love and all those in attendance will have a shot of winning free Lobo gear.
Qualifications for Donating Hair:
Preferably 10" or longer from tip to tip
Will accept 6" if that is all you have to give
Clean and Dry
Bundled in a braid or ponytail
Free from Bleach
Colored or permed hair is acceptable
Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10"
Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum of 10"
If you do not meet the requirements for donating hair and would like to contribute in another way, the UNM Women's Resource Center will be on hand accepting products of need as well.