Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

April 29, 2013

North Decatur Elementary student, aunt donate to Locks of Love.

Brent Brown
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Nine-year-old Anna Burkhart has spent the last year growing out her hair for a very special purpose.

Saturday afternoon, she and her Aunt Jenny Burkhart fulfilled that goal at Greensburg’s Magic Act Salon and Day Spa when they had several inches snipped from their respective coiffures. Anna and Jenny together agreed to donate their hair to Locks of Love, an organization that uses those donations to fashion wigs made from human hair for children who have lost their own due to various medical conditions. The goal of the non-profit is to brighten those recipients’ days, bolstering their self esteem in the process.

The idea to donate to Locks of Love was spurred by an article Anna read in the Daily News in which another child had made a similar decision. It took the North Decatur Elementary School fourth grader nearly a year to grow her hair to an appropriate length for the donation. While waiting, she enlisted the help of Aunt Jenny, who was nearly as excited for the program as her niece.

Their reasons for going through with the year-long project were summed up rather succinctly by Anna at Magic Act Saturday.

“I just wanted to help people who have no hair,” Anna said. The daughter of Jared and Amber Burkhart described her feelings before getting the haircut as “awesome,” and she mentioned a positive side effect from the donation: a more “sporty” style.

Anna plays softball and was looking forward to a shorter ‘do, preferably one she can fashion into a ponytail.

Jenny, a licensed cosmetologist, wasn’t certain what style she would end up with Saturday, but she estimated 10 inches would be trimmed from her hair for the donation. Jenny’s previous work in the hairstyling industry introduced her to Locks of Love, so that experience coupled with Anna’s urging made the decision an easy one.

A small support group gathered at Magic Act Saturday for Anna and Jenny. Anna’s mother, grandmother, brother, sister and cousin all looked on as Anna’s locks were trimmed. The other children were undecided as to whether or not they would join Anna in her endeavor someday, though the nine-year-old’s enthusiasm was a strong indication she’ll return to the salon in the near future.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056