Cassville junior donates 14 inches of hair
Morris: 'Anyone can help anyone, it doesn't matter how big or small it is'
When wondering what one can do to help others, people often look outside of themselves, but sometimes, the answer is right in front of your eyes.
Cassville junior Owen Morris was looking for something he could do to help others, and he did not have to look very far to help someone in a meaningful way.
In October, he decided to cut a whopping 14 inches off his hair at the SmartStyle Hair Salon inside the Cassville Walmart and donate it to a program called Wigs for Kids, a company that provides hair for children who have lost their hair due to medical issues.
"Anyone can help anyone, it doesn't matter how big or small [that action] is," Morris said. "Anything you can do to help out is appreciated by everyone."
A wrestler at Cassville High School, Morris, 17, said he just wanted to help. Morris said it was something that had been on his mind, and he decided to just do it.
"I thought about doing it last year," Morris said. "I had my mom help me and ask around for companies that give away the wigs for free. One of her friends told her about it. My mom signed me up and she mailed my hair in."
Morris did not make any money or stand to gain anything from cutting his long hair, and he chopped off 14 inches, which changed his appearance drastically and set back about two years of growing time.
"I preferred to just donate it," he said. "I'm thinking about growing it out again and donating next year. It's not like I need it, and it makes me feel good that I can help people out."
His bold act and changed appearance caught the attention of his friends and teachers, too.
"I think all of them [my friends] noticed," he said. "My teachers thought it was pretty nice."
After school, Morris plans to attend a welding school in Missouri, and he is already getting experience in the trade at Scott Tech in Monett. His mother, Leona Ginn, said she couldn't be more proud of her son.
"I'm very proud of him, not just for doing this for the kids, but for the hard work he puts into everything he sets his mind to," she said.
Morris also gives blood every chance he gets, and he said he hopes the act will inspire people to do more for others.
"This world would be a lot nicer if more people helped out," he said.
With over one foot of hair gone and a new look, Morris said he feels "lighter," and there's a bit of adjustment curve.
"It's weird, because when I get a drink of water, I still try to hold my hair back."
According to Wigs for Kids, whose mission is "helping children look themselves and live their lives," hair loss can injure a child's self-confidence and limit them from experiencing life the way children should, as well as negatively affect their attitude and physical response toward treatment.
For 30 years, the organization has been providing hair replacement to children who have lost their hair due to radiation, chemotherapy, burns and other medical issues, at no cost to families. Due to the fact they do not charge families for services, they depend solely on hair or financial donations from individuals who want to help.
For more information about Wigs for Kids and donating hair, people may visit www.wigsforkids.org.