Long, luscious locks run in the family of a former Wapakoneta man.
Jim Folk, his wife and two daughters all had several inches of their hair cut, as a family, to donate to a national organization that plans to use it to make wigs for those suffering hair loss from a variety of medical conditions.
At the beginning of August, Folk, a 1996 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, and his family made a trip to Great Clips, near their home in Cincinnati, to get their hair cut. More than just a trim, the entire family got several inches of their hair clipped to donate to Locks of Love.
The non-profit organization provides hairpieces to children, in the United States and Canada, who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The hairpieces are given to those 21 and younger.
The Locks of Love mission statement is to return a sense of self-confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children.
“I think it was special doing it as a family, more so than individually,” Folk said. “We had more hair to donate to help more people.”
Folk, along with his wife Karri Anne, and daughters Delilah, 8, and Cassidy, 4, all helped out with this charitable cause, for the first time sharing the experience together as a family.
Jim Folk and Delilah have donated to the organization two times each, Karri Anne has donated her hair three times and this was the first time for Cassidy to help out by donating her hair.
“The most rewarding part was to see my daughters care and want to help other kids,” Folk said.
He said his two daughters approached him about the idea of wanting to donate their hair to help other children.
“It made me especially proud of my daughters,” Folk said. “Seeing them want to do it is the most rewarding part.”
Folk, originally of Wapakoneta and a former member of the high school soccer team, was always remembered for his long hair, said his mother, Cindy Walkup.
“Soccer fans may remember him and his ponytail,” Walkup said. “He grows it out, and then cuts it all off.”
And he does it all for a good reason, because he is able to help others and change lives by donating his locks, Folk said.
He said it’s a good feeling to be able to help others.
“I believe in being charitable,” Folk said, “but I don’t have a lot of money, so this is something that we can do that isn’t costly.”