Her two 12-inch pigtails will help create a wig for a child in need
But Chartrand, 11, decided to cut her long locks last Friday so other children could benefit from something she has always taken for granted.
Chartrand, a Grade 6 student at École séparée Notre-Dame in Hanmer, has donated her two pigtails to Angel Hair for Kids, a charitable organization that provides wigs and hair loss solutions to financially disadvantaged children in Canada who have lost their hair due to a medical condition or treatment.
Many of the children who benefit from the program have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.
“I figured it makes them happy and it's Christmas,” Chartrand said. “Everyone deserves a gift, and if that makes them happy, I would give my hair to them.”
She got the idea to donate her locks for a wig when she saw an Angel Hair for Kids commercial on TV.
Her hair was around 18 inches in length before she decided to make the donation.
Chartrand said her new shorter hairdo is “quite nice” but has decided to grow it out again for the next year.
She hopes to donate her hair to charity again next Christmas.