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Goretti student donates hair to Locks of Love

May 17, 2009

Maria Jones, a sophomore at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, recently got a haircut.

But she didn't just get a new style. She had a ponytail 12 inches long cut so that she could donate her hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides wigs to children who have hair loss due to an illness or medical condition.

This is the third time Maria, 15, has done this.

"I love growing my hair long," Maria said, "but when I'm ready to get it cut, I measure it to see if it is at least 10 inches. If not, I keep growing it so I can donate it to a sick child, rather than just having it thrown away."

Maria said it takes her three years to grow her hair long enough to qualify for donation to Locks of Love. When asked how she first had the idea to donate her hair, she said she was in elementary school and her mom told her about the organization.


Maria, sophomore class president, is no stranger to helping others. Earlier this school year, she helped organize a group of St. Maria Goretti High School students to join in the "Light the Night Walk," a national night sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society designed to give hope to people battling cancer while raising funds for vital research and patient services.

Maria participates in many other community service efforts through school, as well.

Maria is an honor student and is involved in many other activities at Goretti, including drama, dance and the swim team.

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