On May 11, Lizzie Reif, 33 of Palmerton, organist at Holy Trinity Church in Palmerton, cut her hair for the first time in seven years. She decided it was long enough and was ready for a change. She wanted to donate it to Locks of Love.
With the support of her husband, Eric and their two sons, Zachary and Joshua, who are very proud of her, paid a visit to Palmerton Silver Scissors. In one snip, gone was seven years of washing her hair for 20 minutes at a time, 10 minutes for brushing it and making it into a bun. A length of 23 1/2 inches of her hair hung in the hairdresser's hands.
Lizzie's hair will be used to make hairpieces for two children who have lost their own hair due to illness. Eric is so proud, that he tells everyone, even the people on his Fed Ex drop-offs. One of his stops is Express Business Center in Trexlertown. The owners, Murtaz and Mustafa told him to bring in the hair and they would ship it free. He did and they Fed Exed it to West Palm Beach, Florida, the headquarters for Locks of Love.
To Lizzie, it's all about helping children somewhere be a little happier. "It is a great charity and it's for the kids," she says.