At 10 a.m. Good Friday morning, 15-year-old Susan Lohn got a haircut. This wasn’t just an Easter “do,” it was an act of self-giving. Miss Lohn’s shorn tresses will be donated to Locks of Love. This well known organization provides hairpieces to underprivileged children who have lost their hair due to a medical diagnosis.
When asked what prompted her to this action, Susan stated simply, “I just like to help people.”
Miss Lohn further explained that once she’d decided to donate her hair, she’d set a goal to grow it out to a length sufficient to give the required 10-12 inches, yet retaining shoulder length hair. Susan also said she’d been inspired by the generosity of community neighbors, Kristi and Megan Sides.
Her parents, Greg and Becky Lohn, were uncertain as to the date of Susan’s last “real” haircut but they agreed that it was probably four or five years ago. The hair had occasionally been trimmed to maintain the neatness and health of the locks.
Miss Lohn, a Brady High School freshman, is an honor student who recently went to Bangs to participate in UIL competition, where she received a third place medal in news writing. She will be going to Regionals in Odessa and she attended the 2009 Lions Honor Banquet.
In his first letter to the people of Corinth, St. Paul writes that a woman’s long hair is her glory (1 Cor. 11:5). This modest, unassuming young lady, in a very Christ-like action, set aside some of her glory for the sake of someone else’s good. It is a joy to see such a selfless act and it gives hope for the future that young people such as Susan Lohn will mature and become the leaders of tomorrow.