You can make a difference in a child’s life!
Friends Garry Dokter
and David Stone are donating their long locks of hair
to Big Bear Valley Locks of LOVE. PHOTO by Millener Productions
___ E T Russell ___In
the spirit of giving, two Big Bear Valley civic leaders have chosen a unique
way of helping young people. Garry Dokter and David Stone are donating the long
locks of their hair to Locks of LOVE.
a Kick-off for Locks of LOVE, Wednesday
December 31st at 2:00 P.M., which is New Years Eve, both men feel
privileged to sit in ELEVATIONS DAY SPA Hairdresser Rhonda’s chair, to measure,
cut and style their much shorter coiffure. Hair donors are adults and children,
male and female who feel that their participation will help those in need to
have a greater self-confidence, by having their personal own custom-made
takes anywhere from 6 to 10 ponytails to make each individual hairpiece!
Dokter and David Stone
invite friends to witness their endeavors to the Big Bear Valley Locks of LOVE CUT-OFF Kick-off on
Wednesday. There are several ways to participate, as well as a haircut. Perhaps,
sponsor a Locks of LOVE Child or donate ‘in
the memory of’ someone.
Locks of Love is a public non-profit
organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in
the United States and Canada under age 21 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.
Our mission is to return
a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss
by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics
to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses
free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.
For Garry Dokter, growing his hair from collar-length
approximately a year ago, to donate to a very worthy cause, is a new
experience. Stone’s third hair growth time for Locks of LOVE, has been growing his hair for a year and a half. Dokter
and Stone are challenging anyone with long-locks to donate their hair to the Big Bear Valley Locks of LOVE benefit.
In 2005, Dokter and wife Debbie became owners of ELEVATIONS
DAY SPA. He will be donating his hair in
Debbie’s memory as she passed away from complications of a brain tumor in 2012.
David Stone a Big Bear Lake businessman owns the Wine Room,
The Cave, several resorts and other properties in the community. Stone feels
that he has helped several friends that have dealt with cancer, too. Both Stone
and Dokter are active members of the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake.
Anyone who may want to ‘go
shorter’ for a good cause for kids, may call 909-866-7405 for a FREE
HAIR-CUT. Rhonda will explain the requirements when an appointment is set. Call
for an appointment with Rhonda, Monday through Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00
There will be several perks along the way for those brave enough to venture out
into the New Year.
Stone and Dokter encourage
anyone willing to grow their hair and pledge to participate on another ‘Cutting
Day’. The Big Bear Valley Locks of LOVE Campaign will recognize other donors
at the Saturday February 14, 2015 Valentines Celebration. Details of the Locks of LOVE event to be announced at a later date.
ELEVATIONS DAY SPA is located
in Big Bear Lake at 42007 Fox Farm Road #1.