A cute hair cut meant a loving donation for a Carthage girl.

A cute hair cut meant a loving donation for a Carthage girl.

Audrey Patrick, 7, had a hair cut this summer – right before summer school – and decided to donate her hair to Locks of Love. Audrey's mother, Kimberlee, said she was a little nervous for her friends to see her since it was such a change to her appearance, but everything turned out great for everyone involved.

“They loved it, especially when she told them what she was doing with it,” Kimberlee said, sitting close to her daughter on the couch.

Audrey embarrassingly smiled and shrugged her shoulders as she touched her short strands of blonde hair.

“I had a lot of hair and they don't have any,” Audrey said of those who benefit from the Locks of Love program.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under the age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any disease. As a hairstylist, Kimberlee had explained the program to her daughter, and the rest was her own idea. After three years of no haircuts, Audrey's total donation of hair 14-inches-long.

“My mom (Sherry Ritchie) had gone through chemo before and lost her hair so we all saw what its like for those going through similar situations,” Kimberlee said.

“Grandma said if I had donated my hair earlier she could have worn my hair,” Audrey chimed in with a smile.

Though Audrey's donation is for someone else, she says she is enjoying the benefits as well.
“It was getting hard to take care of,” she said. “And people at school kept playing with it.”
With a laugh, Kimberlee asked Audrey to share a request she had made during the school year.

“I asked if I could have a sign at the bottom of my hair to 'please don't touch,'” Audrey said.
Audrey, daughter of Lendall and Kimberlee Patrick, Carthage, will be a second grader this fall at Columbian Elementary School. She is the sibling of Adam, 10; Aidan, 5; and Adrianna, 4. The family said they were all very proud of Audrey.

“It's awesome,” Kimberlee said. “I did like her long hair but it looks cute now … Someone will enjoy that blonde hair.”