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Cy-Fair Girl Scouts cut hair for a cause, earn Bronze Award

Troop members donate hair to Locks of Love

HOUSTON, Texas (June 29, 2011) –One could only imagine losing hair to a long-term medical condition, but giving it to those who can’t grow their own is a sacrifice Cy-Fair Troop #14234 was willing to make. As their Girl Scout Bronze Award, members decided to cut their lovely locks and donate them to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from continual medical hair loss.

“We wanted the girls to choose a service project that would teach them about helping others through sacrifice,” said Karen Deskin, co-leader of Troop #14234. “After watching a Locks of Love documentary, witnessing for themselves what the children who lose their hair go through, the girls unanimously voted to donate their hair as their Bronze Award project.”

Although all eight troop members met the Bronze Award requirements, only six girls had hair long enough to donate to Locks of Love. Locks of Love requires that donated hair be at least 10 inches, measured from tip to tip. Images Hair Studio in Cypress donated the hair clipping service, opening on a day when it is normally closed, and salon owner Cosme Torres cut the girls’ hair.

Troop #14234 was formed in 2006 as a Girl Scout Daisy level troop when the girls were in kindergarten. Since then, the troop has completed several service projects benefiting the Ronald McDonald House, including collecting donations and aluminum tabs, creating get well and Christmas cards for families who were guests and donating Girl Scout cookies. They have also made catnip for animal shelters and made blankets for Project Linus, an organization that provides blankets and afghans to children who are seriously ill or traumatized.

Locks of Love after photoGirl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.4 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 76,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

Editor’s Note

Photo Caption [LocksofLove_After]: Fresh hair-dos for girls in Troop #14234 who donated their lovely tresses to Locks of Love as their Girl Scout Bronze Award project. The girls decided to donate their hair after viewing a documentary about children who lose their hair due to illness. Cosme Torres, the owner of Images Hair Salon in Cypress donated services, clipping the girls’ hair and giving them a cute new look.

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