FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FOX 55) - Garett Remenschneider is a staff member at Cedarville Elementary. About 4 years ago, he was ready to cut off 13 inches of flowing locks when he had an idea to help a local organization.
“I thought “you know what, if I’m going to cut my hair, what if I can inspire some other kids to do it and it turned into something way bigger than I ever expected,” he said, recalling how the Make The Cut donation event came about.
The organization they help is called Children with Hair Loss, and even though the donation happens in one day, it took all year to grow to fruition.
Students like Savannah Repine started growing her hair at the beginning of the school and she convinced her mom Erica to give her hair to an organization that makes free wigs for kids suffering from hair loss.
When asked why she wanted to cut her hair, Savannah said “because I wanted to make a little girl happy.” When he mom heard her daughter say that, she said “It makes me extremely happy because she’s doing a good deed and she does want to make other kids happy.”
That includes kids like Sarah Guillaume, a student at Oakview Elementary, who lost her hair in 4th grade due to Alopecia Areata. Her friend Kaitlyn invited her to the event so she could share her story.
“I feel like she just helping other people and in a way, she’s helping me,” Sarah said of her friend Kaitlyn, who donated her hair for a 2nd year in a row.
This year’s donation hits even closer to home. Morgan Moher, a student at Cedarville Elementary is battling cancer and losing her hair. She’s one of many kids who will receive help from kids just like her.
“I think it’s amazing because you get to feel happy when someone else is also feeling happy about their new hair and how they don’t have to be laughed at,” said Kaitlyn Carter.
Mr. Remenschneider agrees, saying “The fact that we got so many this year and they were just coming in left and right. Got emails last night at 10 o’clock. This morning, 4 kids walking through the door asking can I be an extra. I mean, it’s really inspiring."