CHAMPION - Long-haired students and community members didn't mind getting some of their hair cut to help cosmetology students at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center collect hair for children who have lost theirs.
The effort was part of a Wigs for Kids fundraiser coordinated by senior cosmetology students Rachael Bayley and Kali Harvey who held the event for their senior project.
Wigs for Kids is a non-profit organization that helps children who have lost their hair and struggle to deal with social acceptance based on physical appearance.
Harvey said providing custom-fitted, age-appropriate wigs helps children feel better about their appearance and look more like their peers.
Linda Sweitzer of Leavittsburg has not had her hair cut in 27 years, and it had reached 24 inches.
''When I heard about this I wanted to help,'' she said.
Ten girls and women donated hair of at least 12 inches in length with a total of 690 inches donated.
Harvey said many of the children who need wigs have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.
She said she and Bayley will do their senior project on the hair donations and take part in state competition at the Skills USA competition.
''We were glad that what we did for our project will help others,'' Harvey said.