The other day my youngest son was watching CNN with me. The images were of dead fish washed upon the shore, and birds covered in slick black oil. The story, of course, was about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In all his 8 year old wisdom he said, “It makes me sad because I want to do something, but I really can’t.”
That’s how I often feel about so much I see in the news, but I wanted to show him it wasn’t true. I wanted to show him that you can make a difference, no matter how small you feel.
After a little research, I found out that there’s an organization called “Matter of Trust“. This organization makes booms out of human and animal hair which they stuff into stockings. It sounds crazy, but apparently these booms are very effective at soaking up the oil and are re-usable.
FACT: 1 pound of hair can absorb 1 quart of oil in 1 minute and be reused up to 100 times.
I called our regular hair stylist at Hair Cuttery and said, “I have a weird question…” I fully expected her to have no clue what I was going on about, but she enthusiastically informed me that they do participate in the program and donate all the hair they cut.
When I explained all of this to my son, he was very excited. The next day, we headed over to Hair Cuttery. We signed in and then browsed the books until he found a hair style that he liked.
The stylist put him up on a booster seat, (because even though he’s 8 years old, he’s only in the 5th percentile for height. Puro guanaquito!), and I took his photo before the hair cutting began.
Afterwards, my husband and I paid for the haircut, but our son pulled a few dollars from his own pocket to tip the hair stylist.
When I asked him how he felt he said, “Great! I like my haircut and I helped the animals in the Gulf of Mexico.”
Now that’s a win-win right there :)