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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