- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Three Black Diamond Girl Scout Brownies and one parent stepped up to the spinning chair and went under the scissors Monday, donating eight or more inches of hair to Children with Hair Loss.

Emerson Sadorra, Grace Looney and Aurelia Kirby donated their hair, along with parent Judy Pray.

Lottie Looney, the Black Diamond Girl Scouts troop leader, said donating to Children with Hair Loss is the perfect fit as a donation organization for the 9-year-old girls. More than 300 children a year receive hair from the nonprofit organization, which aims to give hair to children afflicted with cancer and other diseases that cause the loss of hair.

Lottie Looney credited the idea of a troop hair donation to Grace Looney, her daughter and a member of the Black Diamond Girl Scouts. Grace Looney said she was inspired to donate her hair when a fellow troop member’s relative lost her hair while fighting cancer.

“Someone’s grandma in the Girl Scout troop had cancer and she lost all of her hair, so I decided to do it for her,” Grace Looney said as her post-donation hair was styled by an Allure stylist.

Pray said she was donating for her daughter, a troop member whose hair isn’t long enough for donation.

“My daughter’s in the troop, but her hair just is not growing,” Pray said. “So I said ‘I will donate for you.’ “

After the donation, Grace Looney, Sadorra and Kirby were all happy with their new hairstyles and happy about making their donation.

“I feel proud and excited,” Kirby said.

Sadorra favored her new hairdo more than her previous one.

“I like it a lot better,” Sadorra said.

Grace Looney said she likes her new hair but is still getting used to the feel of it.

“It feels way lighter,” she said.

Three hair stylists at Allure Salon donated their time and talent for the girls, but the Black Diamond Girl Scout Troop was able to provide them with a tip from funds made during Girl Scout cookie sales.

Kristin Roberts, a hair stylist at Allure, said she was more than happy to donate her time to such a worthy cause.

“I know multiple people who have had cancer and how they had to deal with losing their hair and everything that came with it,” Roberts said. “I think it’s so sweet that these girls are doing it, especially at a young age. They’re just so giving.”

Lottie Looney said she’s hoping the bravery of the girls in her troop will inspire others throughout the community to donate their own hair.

“Part of the push to get this done before school was out was that they would inspire others at school, and maybe their teachers and their parents, to consider doing the same thing,” she said.

Even though all 20 girls in the troop weren’t able to donate, Lottie Looney said each of them was able to participate. Every Black Diamond Girl Scout made cards to send to children through the organization, and other girls showed up at Allure to provide moral support to the donating girls.

In addition to the girls who donated already, another child and parent from the troop will be donating their hair at a future time.


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