There are many little girls with long bouncy ponytails in this world.
The Locks of Love organization - which spins the hair into wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer-fighting drugs - has become well known. Many of those young girls, ready for a new look, unselfishly make the commitment to help by donating their hair to the organization. And it is good.
Little Ashlee Sammons, a first grader at Sioux Central, has spent a great deal of time in the children's hospital since born prematurely. She has seen first hand, at her young age, little girls like her without hair wondering the halls of the hospital. She questioned why and her parents, Jason and Jennifer, educated her. At the age of 4, she made the decision that she wanted to grow her hair out so she could donate it and provide hair for someone without.
Ashlee's grandma Connie Allen died of cancer before she was born; she's asked her parents many questions of her grandma as well.
She was bubbly and so excited when she jumped into the chair at Expertease. She closed her eyes tightly, while still smiling a mile-wide grin, as Mindy Weiland cut through the thick pony tail. Nine inches of hair will be sent in to Locks of Love.
Ashlee was born over 14 weeks early and entered the world weighing 1.6 pounds. She remained at the hospital for four and one-half months. She truly is a little miracle. Every three months, she returns to the children's hospital for a check up - and she continues to be a "trooper."
With her new hairstyle, she was anxious to return to school, sure that her classmates would not recognize her without her long locks.
She is happy that her hair will make someone - or even more than one - very happy.
The experience has taught her the lesson of giving and with a cute bobbed haircut, that hangs below her ears, she has already made the decision to grow her hair out again so she can donate it to Locks of Love again - no matter how long it takes.