Wigs for Kids, San Jacinto College partner for hair donation event
04.07.2016 | By Rob Vanya
San Jacinto College cosmetology instructor Diana Perez cuts her daughter Maritza’s hair during the “Wigs for Kids” event held at the College last year. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College cosmetology program will accept hair donations for the Wigs for Kids organization April 18 through April 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Campus, 13735 Beamer Road in Houston, in Room 200 of the Jones Technical Building.
Anyone who drops by the College to have 12 inches of hair cut (the minimum required for donation purposes) will receive a free haircut. Hair must be free of all dyes and chemicals, and gray hair will not be accepted.
The College will also accept cash donations on behalf of Wigs for Kids, which goes to defray the costs of making wigs. For those who wish to donate but do not meet the 12-inch hair requirements, $10 haircut and style and $5 blow dry and style services will be offered.
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 completely hand-tied and made entirely from human hair. The organization’s mission is “Helping Children Look Themselves and Live Their Lives.”
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 is giving 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.