Giving thanks

Millions of people will sit around the dinner table tomorrow and give thanks — for the roofs over their heads, the fact that they still have a job (as much as they may grumble about it) and for their family and friends. And if you’ve heard about Charmaine Kawaguchi (New Haven Teachers Association president), you may even pause to give thanks for the hair on your head.

Inspired by a friend who is undergoing chemotherapy, Charmaine — who for many years sported a braid that ran past her waist — recently chopped off about four feet of hair to donate to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that makes wigs to give to low-income children who are losing their hair due to cancer or other illnesses.

Here are before and after photos of Charmaine:

Disclosure: I, too, have donated to Locks of Love. However, my hair was never as long as Charmaine’s, and I only donated 14 inches. That reminds me: it’s time for another hair cut.

Linh Tat


  1. **Thanksgiving Fact of the Day** A proclamation by President George Washington and a congressional resolution established the first national Thanksgiving Day on November 26, 1789. The reason for the holiday was to give thanks for the new Constitution.

  2. And now we can be thankful we will soon have a new president and administration that will honor the constitution and begin to make up for the past eight years.

  3. I don’t know about that Andrew M. Obama has a tough time with the 2nd Amendment, and would like to ban the sale and use of semi-automatic handguns in the United States. Doesn’t sound like “honoring the Constitution” to me! Remember Andrew M., “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Remember Obama, “I swear to protect and defend the United States Constitution.”

    And lets not talk about his unconstitutional support (and vote) for the Bailout(s)! Being a Constitutional Law Professor and a Senator, he should know that money bills never originate in the Senate, they’re supposed to come from the House of Reps.

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