Here is a thread that discusses their financial practices:http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...ght=locks+love
One person's various reasons why she would never donate:http://www.network54.com/Forum/messa...eid=1099684836
Post #4 here has a really good rundown of different unsavory aspects:http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...ght=locks+love
|We disapprove of Locks of Love because: ...
... They make far fewer wigs than the number of ponytails they collect would supply, and seem to have no valid explanation for this disparity ...
... Most of the donated hair does NOT wind up on a child's head. It is sold to commercial wigmakers who are selling their wigs to models, celebrities, etc., or sits in a warehouse ...
... A little math using information from LoL's own website and the BBB:
LoL receives about 2000 donations per week, by mail.
That's 104,000 per year.
It takes 6-10 ponytails to make a wig.
Ok, let's say each one takes 10.
That's potentially 10,400 wigs per year.
Now, in fiscal year 2002, how many wigs did LoL provide?
There is another org called Wigs 4 Kids but they also do not meet the BBB's standards for charitable solicitations.
If you want to cut your hair, then cut it, and if you want to donate the cut hair, donate it, just know that what you're really donating is a small sum of money that will pay the salary of some administrative worker or something.
I personally, if I cut off a bunch of my hair, would rather eBay it myself and send the money to an organization that actually does research for a *cure*, not just making itchy, expensive, hard-to-care-for wigs for kids who usually prefer hats or scarves anyway.
If you knit, tie-dye or sew, you could also donate caps or scarves to these kids. And if ya wanna pull out the heavy artillery, donate bone marrow
. You can find a bank to type you at www.marrow.org
And if you give LoL the benefit of the doubt, and really feel a pull to help them put wigs on bald kids, then it looks like it would be more helpful to send money instead, since they have lots and lots of hair and I would assume it costs money to have the wigs made.