Langford youngster learns about giving at an early age

Haircut not such a hair-raising experience for three year old

Claira Coulombe

It’s rather tough to get a collection of three- and four-year-old children to sit still for a while.

Claira Coulombe, who turns four in July, sat about as still as any of the kids at Pussywillow Preschool on Thursday as she had a 10-inch length of her curly blond hair chopped off for charity.

The youngster is donating it to Locks of Love, a registered charity that provides hairpieces for children and youth under 21 who suffer from hair loss due to medical conditions or treatment.

“Claira’s hair grows really quickly and I always taught her to give to others,” said mom Trish Coulombe, whose family lives in Langford.

Mom and daughter were inspired to donate by a fellow preschooler who suffers from alopecia, an auto-immune condition that can result in partial or total hair loss at any time.

“We were on a field trip one day and someone said Claira’s got such beautiful hair. I told them, ‘not for long, we’re going to donate it,'” Trish said.

Asked what she thought about having shorter hair, Claira said, “A little girl will get my hair for Locks of Love.”

Preschool owner Dianne Holmes appreciated being able to help out the young person-focused charity and applauded her young student.

“Claira’s a very special little girl to go ahead with something like that,” Holmes said.

More information about Locks of Love can be found at locksoflove.org.

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