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AmeriCorps to Host ‘Locks of Love’ on Feb. 27

February 2010
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Join Sauk Valley Community College’s AmeriCorps program for a day of fun for a unique and worthy cause as hosts Locks of Love on Saturday, February 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Sauk’s East Mall.

Everyone is invited to come out and donate locks of their hair for prosthetic hair pieces for children under 18 years old that suffer from long-term medical hair loss due to any diagnosis. The event will feature multiple performances by the cast of Jet Productions’ High School Musical 2, plus games and activities for children and parents including face painting, bean bag toss, balloon makers, and more.

In addition to AmeriCorps, area cosponsors include the Candlelight Inn, Rock Falls and Sterling; Statik Studio, Sterling; Skin Deep Spa, Dixon; the Dixon Historical Theater; and Studio 404, Dixon.

Proceeds from this event will go to Locks of Love, a nationally-known not-for-profit, non-religious, non-political organization. According to information from its website, Locks of Love provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 in the United States and Canada that suffer from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Locks of Love meets a unique need by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to the medical condition, Alopecia Areata, which has no known cause or cure. The children receive hair prostheses at no charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. These prostheses help restore these children’s self-esteem, confidence, and enables them face the world and their peers.

ABC AmeriCorps, a national service program sponsored by SVCC, serves Lee, Whiteside, Carroll, Ogle, DeKalb, Bureau, LaSalle, Livingston, Henry, and Rock Island Counties. ABC AmeriCorps members work with children, youth and families in education programs and community-based agencies to increase academic and life skills. They also participate in environmental, public safety, homeland security, and other human service needs projects.

You may preregister for tickets in advance for $2 per person or tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event for $4 per person. All children under age 18 will be admitted at no charge. To preregister or for more information, call AmeriCorps at 815/288-5511, ext. 216.