Local kindergartners give up hair for love | VailDaily.com

Local kindergartners give up hair for love

Scott N. Miller

EDWARDS – Get ready to say “awwwww.”Gracie Shanley and Brigid Repetti, both just finishing kindergarten at the St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School, decided to end their school year with short, spunky-looking summer hairdos. But both youngsters decided to do a little more than let their hair hit the floor.After seeing a newspaper story about another girl, Gracie decided to donate her long, blonde hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit group that makes wigs for youngsters with cancer or other diseases who have lost their own hair.Not many healthy five-year-olds understand cancer, but Gracie knows the kids “have a disease.”

Once Gracie saw the photo of a girl about her age getting her hair cut off for Locks of Love, she decided she wanted to do the same thing. She called her friend Brigid, who also had a full head of long, long hair before Tuesday, to see if she’d come along.”Brigid had been thinking about doing it for a couple of years,” said mom Angie Repetti. “But she always told me she wasn’t ready.”Tuesday, it was time.Both girls met at DJ’s Hair Shoppe, and let Shelly Doyle give them new summer cuts.Gracie was first in the chair. Once Doyle was done, the five-year-old couldn’t stop playing with her new ‘do.

“It feels like it’s not there,” she said.Once Brigid was out of the chair, the two gave each other long, long looks.”Everybody’s going to say, ‘You look different,'” Gracie said to her friend. “We look like new girls.”Asked what she’d say if she met another little girl with a Locks of Love wig, Brigid thought, then said, “I’d say, ‘That might be from me!’Knowing that, Brigid said, “feels good.”

And a pair of proud moms think the youngsters who get their kids’ hair think that hair is going to look pretty good on someone else.”Whoever gets a wig with her hair is going to feel pretty good, too,” Angie Repetti said.Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 748-2930, or smiller@vaildaily.com.

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