According to their website:
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.
When donated hairs are unusable (e.g., less than 10 inches long or gray hair), Locks of Love sells the bundled hair to offset manufacturing costs.
This is my 4th time donating hair. I don't know whether my hair was ever made into a hairpiece for children or sold, though. :-(
I just hope it wasn't made into those creepy, real-life looking dolls. Maybe I watched too many Twilight Zone episodes in my youth, but real looking dolls (including mannequins) give me the creeps.
Speaking of creepy dolls, did you know there's a haunted doll in Japan whose hair continuously grows? Eeeew.
Oops, sorry for seriously diverging from the topic of charitable giving. Have a great weekend folks!