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3-year-old donates hair to Locks of Love

Addysen Hamstad, 3, of Pennock, right, has her hair cut Thursday by stylist Katie Fehl at Cost Cutters in Willmar. Hamstad donated her hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that collects hair donations to make hair prosthetics for children with medical hair loss. Mastad's mother, Jami, said her daughter has wanted to donate "for a long time." Tribune photo by Gary Miller

It took some coaxing, but 3-year-old Addysen Hamstad smiled for photos Thursday at Cost Cutters.

It was a day she had looked forward to for a long time, her mother, Jami Hamstad of Pennock, said. Addysen was donating her hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that collects hair to be used for hair prosthetics for disadvantaged children with medical hair loss. Addysen has wanted to give Locks her hair ever since she heard about it, Jami said.

"I'd ask her, 'Do you want it cut,"' Jami said, "And she'd say, 'No Mommy, I want to wait, I want to wait."'

At Cost Cutters, stylist Katie Fehl used rubber bands to tie Addysen's hair into three ponytails. She cut off the ponytails above the rubber bands and set them on a towel on the counter. The three lengths of hair totaled 30 inches, Cost Cutter owner Walt Freiberg said, adding that it was an impressive amount from a young child.

"We've collected 102 inches already," Freiberg said of his salon's one-day goal. "We hope to get 202."

As Fehl finished Addysen's new hairdo, Jami commented on how it gave her a new look. Now people may think she's older than her big sister, Jami told her.

That's quite a difference since her sister's 4.

Gary Miller

Gary Miller is a Designer for Forum Communications Co. Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune and Forum Communications since retiring from the Navy in 1994.

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