"God Gave Me My Hair to Share"

Brownwood Teenager Has Been Donating Hair Since 4 Years Old

BROWNWOOD, Texas (KTAB) - Kenzie Poindexter is inspiring those around her with her giving spirit. She's been donating her hair to Locks of Love since she was just 4 years old.

When Kenzie was little, she always watched Maury, the TV show.  Back then there were a lot of TV shows about kids with cancer, and other diseases, that caused them to not have hair or, have very thin hair.

Even at age 2 and 3 she would sit and watch the whole show and, with concern in her voice, always ask questions about the kids with no hair.  At age 4, she asked if she could donate her hair to the kids that really needed it.

Kenzie knew she had long, thick hair; enough to make a wig, and another kid like her very happy. Her first donation was 13 inches at age 4. .

She decided at age 7 that she would like to donate again. This time, she donated 12 inches. 

3 years later, at age 10, she donated 14 inches. 

This time, the length Kenzie wanted her hair cut up to only allowed 8 inches to be cut, which is 2 inches short of the length required to donate. But of course, what she originally wanted didn't matter to the compassionate teenager.  "Oh well, go ahead and take the 10," she said.

Kenzie has always given to Locks of Love, but after careful consideration, she decided to give to the American Cancer Society this time.

American Cancer Society will take any hair, even if it has been dyed. If the hair is not usable, they will sell it to another company and put the profits from the sale toward buying more wigs, as well as various other things. The biggest factor in Kenzie's decision was that just 2 percent of all money gathered goes to the staff, while the rest goes to cancer patients.

Kenzie hopes that her story will encourage other people to donate. 

So far, it has inspired her stylist, Travis Curry of E' clips Salon, to organize a hair-donating event.

Anyone willing to donate their hair is asked to join Curry at E'Clips Salon in Brownwood on January 10th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All hair and money raised from the hair cuts will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Curry says that he already has a donor on-board. She's a cancer survivor who said, in honor of all cancer survivors and those that lost their battle, that if $1,000 is raised at the event, she will shave her head.

KTAB/KRBC will attend the event and have updates. 

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