I’ve had this tickling of mistrust when ever I see this Locks of Love on TV, so I went to read up.
All those well meaning folks you see on TV or in schools growing their hair out in honor of a relative or schoolmate, or just because they want to be generous, and cutting it off to donate to Locks of Love would be shocked to find out most of the hair they get in donation is sold overseas. It also accounts for HALF the earnings the charity makes, and in fact, the “charity” fails to meet even one of Give.org’s standards for a gifting accountability.
QUOTE: “The following information is based on LoL’s independent accountant’s compilation report for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2002:
Source of Funds
Hair sales: 150,719
Interest income: 7,858
Program income: 2,474
Gain on investment sales: 103
Total Income: $374,543″
And – who knew that people with long lovely locks are rudely hounded to cut it off and donate it all the time. Locks of Love has a posse. Mines not quite long enough to get hounded, but if I do I’m gonna wail on them with these facts. You should too if you get bugged. Who knew liking to wear your hair long and not wanting to donate makes you into a dying child hating bitch? (Everyone thinks it’s for bald Chemo kids, it’s not. It’s for kids with Alopecia, which is a MUCH smaller number, and the kids aren’t dying. Just bald. Not saying bald kid is a nice thing to be, other kids are cruel asshats…)
In the thread someone breaks down the numbers of donations versus wigs made to offer some scope:
I just checked the LoL website, the only numbers I could find were here, on their “history” page:
They said they get over 2000 (ponytail) donations a week, which would be over 104,000 a year. And they say they’ve made “over a thousand” wigs. At ten ponytails per wig, that’s enough hair to make ten thousand, four hundred wigs a year…
That, alone, should be enough to quiet anyone.
Later on (in the thread) someone found numbers saying over 3,000 ponytails a week donated, that’s even more sickening when you realize they get more donations that they could EVER use for the extremely small segment they were founded to help and are just profiting off people’s selfless generosity. They make money off harvesting your given hair and selling it at market price to overseas commercial wig makers. Pure and simple. You get a warm fuzzy feeling that only being lied to can provide.
I wonder where the number for the salaries of the director are…