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Locks of Love event held at Avenues Mall

Channel 4 sponsors hair drive Saturday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More than 150 people went to The Avenues Mall Saturday, donating their hair to create custom hairpieces for children with long-term medical hair loss.

Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that accepts the donations and creates the hairpieces, held the drive. It was sponsored by Channel 4 as a Positively Jax event.

In the first two hours, more than 70 people got their hair cut by stylists from Tony and Guy Hairdressing Academy.

"Two years ago, my great niece was diagnosed with cancer and she had to go through treatments; and although she was young enough that it didn't -- nobody made a big deal of her losing her hair, I know that it can affect other children, and people in general, adversely," said Theresa King, donating her hair Saturday.

Ten inches of hair is required to donate. More Locks of Love events are planned in the future.