From left, San Jacinto College cosmetology student Jordan Kendall cuts donated hair from Mariana Grisales, which is held up for display by Mariana’s mother, Nadllyve Grisales. Despite bad weather, the College received 26 inches of hair donations for the Wigs for Kids organization. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
Despite the recent flooding, the San Jacinto College cosmetology program received 26 ponytails (each at least 12 inches long) of hair donations for Wigs for Kids, an organization that provides hair replacement for children.
Anyone who visited the College to donate hair to the cause received a free haircut. The College also accepted cash donations on behalf of Wigs for Kids, which goes to defray the costs of making wigs. Each participant received a certificate, and a goody bag of hair supplies.
Wigs for Kids provides hair replacement and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues. Certified cosmetic therapists create custom-made hair replacements. Each one is hand-tied and made from human hair. The organization’s mission is “Helping Children Look Themselves and Live Their Lives.”
Pandora Freestone, San Jacinto College cosmetology instructor who coordinated the event, expressed appreciation to those who went above and beyond to help Wigs for Kids to fulfill their mission. “Considering the epic flooding, and the fact that the College had to close for the first of our three-day cut-a-thon, we are so pleased with the number of donations we received,” she commented. “We could not be more grateful to the individuals that did brave the weather and make it up here to donate. Their simple bravery will help change a child’s life through our partnership with the Wigs for Kids organization.”
San Jacinto College cosmetology instructor Diana Perez finds personal rewards from supporting Wigs for Kids. “Our hair is our crown we wear we every day,” she commented. “Wigs for Kids gives young people who lost their crowns new ones.”
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.