Richburg no stranger to giving

Published 9:45 pm Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmastime is famous for being the season of giving, but giving is something one local girl knows all too well.

Seventeen-year-old Sara Richburg recently made her seventh donation to Locks of Love.

Richburg made her first donation back in 1999 when she was seven.

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“I didn’t really know a lot about it. I was in the second grade and the lady who cut my hair mentioned it to me because my hair was long,” Richburg said.

Richburg said it important to her knowing that she is helping someone get something they need.

“It makes me feel really good,” Richburg said.

“It makes me happy to know that I’m giving them something that will make them happy.”

The Locks of Love organization provides hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children under 21 years of age who are suffering from a long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

According to the Locks of Love Web site, the hair prosthetics the organization donates retail between $3,500 and $6,000.

Anyone interested in donating can do so as long as they follow the list of guidelines on the Web site.

In general, hair must be a minimum of 10 inches from tip to tip and must be in a ponytail or braid before it is cut.

It must also be clean and completely dry before it is inserted into a plastic bag.

A full list of acceptable donations can be viewed on the Locks of Love Web site.

As for Richburg, she says she plans to continue to give to the Locks of Love organization.