If she were alive, Erica Paige Whitney would be a seventh-grader at Trickum Middle School in Lilburn. She’d probably be looking forward to turning 13, the start of her teen years.
May 10, Mother’s Day, is her birthday. When Erica was around 7 or 8 years old, her great-aunt donated hair to Locks of Love. That’s a Florida-based nonprofit that provides free hairpieces to financially disadvantaged kids 18 and younger. Donated tresses are used to make custom-fitted wigs and hairpieces for children who suffer from long-term medical maladies.
The benevolence of Erica’s great-aunt compelled the little girl to do likewise. She put her hair in a ponytail and with a few snips of the scissors, committed a commendable, self-less act.
A few years ago, a Locks of Love spokeswoman told me that young people like Erica account for nearly 80 percent of the organization’s hair donations. Kids will see another child who’s bald, she said, and ask their parents what, exactly, they can do to