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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.

As 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 hairpiece. Hair-growth takes anywhere from 6 to 10 ponytails to make each individual hairpiece!

Garry 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.

Mission Statement

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 P.M. 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.