Ashlee Prejean, 10 years old and a student at Bridge City Intermediate School, wanted to donate her red hair to Locks of Love after hearing about her cousin in Houston doing the same. Her mom, Kristi Prejean, 33, a math teacher at West Orange-Cove Middle School, decided to join her oldest daughter and have their hair cut at the same time.

Ashlee thought her red hair might be special to some little red-headed girl with cancer. She began letting her hair grow about five months ago.

“It was so special to do something we both loved,” said Kristi. “Ashlee has such a sweet heart and wanted to help. It was so much fun doing this as a mother-daughter team.”

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 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses they provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. If anyone wants more information about donating your hair and the exact way to preserve the hair before mailing, they should contact