Anna Mathieu and Stacy McLaughlin both made the cut. Unbeknownst to each other until the deed was done, both women were motivated to have their long hair cut and donate it to Locks of Love to help people they each knew facing a life challenge. Redfish Technology embraces community through volunteerism and an employee-driven Pay-It-Forward program. Mathieu is the Marketing Communications Manager and McLaughlin is the Office Manager at Redfish Technology, a nationwide high tech recruiting firm.
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss. The Locks of Love organization meets a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. The prostheses provided help to restore children’s self-esteem and confidence.
“I have volunteered for Camp Rainbow Gold fundraisers a few times and I had thought about donating my hair several times but I was honestly scared to cut my hair short since it has been long for so many years,” related Anna Mathieu. “My girlfriend Joanna Carnes was diagnosed with cancer last year and I felt so helpless to help her. She lost her hair during treatment and it really bothered her at first and then just embraced it, and that gave me the courage to just do it.”
“I decided to donate my hair to Locks of Love in support of my dear friend, Jimberly Rooney. I just love that girl!” shared Stacy McLaughlin. “Many people have said that they can’t believe I cut my hair, and when I tell them that I made a donation for a friend the responses I get are amazing. But really it’s a selfless act that doesn’t take much. It’s just hair!”
Even though the donations are not earmarked for specific people, taking action to help someone in a tangible way is such a powerful statement and gesture. It is personally empowering to the person who makes the choice. And the hope is that it is also empowering to the people who are dealing with this hurdle life has thrown their way.
“Locks of Love helps so many kids who have to deal with serious health issues. People notice when you don’t have hair and it serves as a constant reminder to those kids and everyone they encounter. When they can put on a wig of real hair, they can forget for just a moment, and they attract less attention so everyone can forget they are a kid with an illness, and just be a kid,” affirmed McLaughlin.
“It feels really nice to be able to do something tangible for someone you will never even meet but that is going to make a difference for them on a really personal level. If you feel scared about cutting your hair, don’t worry about it – it’ll always grow back!” encourages Mathieu.
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Founded in Silicon Valley in 1996, Redfish Technology is an award-winning talent acquisition firm specializing in high tech sectors. Headquartered in the beautiful Sun Valley Area, Redfish has been voted #1 Best Places to Work in Idaho two years in a row. The company participates in an employee-driven Pay It Forward program to help spread care for our neighbors, happiness as a value, and support for our local community.