The kids have both been growing their hair for 5 years (since they were 4 & 6) and we told them it was their decision to either get a few inches trimmed or donate (at least 10") and help out a sick child. They were both on board and jazzed to donate. We measured it out at home and they both chose to donate a foot of hair.
Then the minute Sage's was irrevocably cut, she burst into tears, said she'd made a mistake, and wanted her hair back. We had a lot of hugs and good talks about compassion for others. She still cried for two days, and weeks later she's still wearing her hair up in buns so she's not reminded how much is gone. And she doesn't want to talk about it....
Sometimes it's tough to give up something you love. But that makes the gift of giving that much more precious. Her empathy for other kids has already grown immensely, and her hair will grow, too.
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