(Oct. 5, 2018) What happens when hair donations, carnival games and fundraising are brought together?

The answer is the second annual Lock-toberfest event, hosted by Hair We R in the Montego Bay Shopping Center on 130th Street, this Saturday from 12-4 p.m.

Hair We R salon owner Joey Biafore joined with Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Respite Housing Program, to turn her Lock-toberfest event into something bigger and more locally involved.

“We met a couple years ago, and I told Wayne that if I ever was to own a salon, if I called the shots, I would reach out to him,” Biafore said. “That was five years ago. I reached out to him last year while doing Lock-toberfest for the first year and he gave me pointers and advice.”

Biafore will be offering free hair cuts to hair donors throughout the event. Donated hair must be a minimum of eight inches and cannot be bleached. Colored hair is otherwise accepted.

Last year, Biafore collected 14 feet of hair, two of which were her own. She also raised $4,000. The hair was donated to Children with Hair Loss, a nonprofit organization which provides high quality wigs for children with medically-related hair loss.

“I want to exceed that $4,000 goal this year. That’s my goal,” Biafore said.

New this year, carnival rides for children organized by Phi Mu sorority sisters from Salisbury University will be offered for a small fee.

“We thought it would be something fun for kids and it always comes back to raising money,” Littleton said. “Besides, the great thing Joey’s doing donating the hair to another great organization, she is doing a great thing by supporting the Children’s House and we’re having lots of carnival games out here for kids.”

Music will be provided by Charlie Zeller. In addition to the carnival games, a bake sale, raffle items, an auction and even a hermit crab race will take place during the charity event.

“That I want to see myself. I’ve never seen [a hermit crab race] before,” Littleton said. “We’re hoping this becomes a yearly thing. We’re hoping to have fun with the carnival games because I find that if you do a good job no matter how small it is, everything had potential to always grow and that’s how I look at all our events. I’m looking at Saturday and whatever we do we want to be perfect because then people will come.”

Biafore hopes that this event will lead into something much bigger in the near future.

“My goal is to be able to have wigs made locally, here,” Biafore said. “We don’t have that service here and it would be nice to raise the hair for the kids locally here and the residents in the community because they have to go out of state or they have to order [them] online.

“I’m not a wig maker, but I want to reach out to someone who can,” she continued. “I figured if we get our name out there and what we’re doing, that sooner or later that it can grow.”

The cutoff to make an appointment to donate hair is today, Friday. Walk-ins are not available at this time.

“A lot of our events have started small and they just grew and that’s what we’re hoping for here,” Littleton said. “Maybe next year we’ll have the whole parking lot, who knows? I think the young ladies will do a wonderful job with the games and Joey has been doing a wonderful job getting donations and I think it will be a fun day. Hopefully people will come out and support us.”

For more information or to contact Biafore about hair donation, call 410-250-6110.

Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation provides hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families.

Since 1982, Believe in Tomorrow has provided over 900,000 individual overnight accommodations, from every state in the U.S. and more than 82 countries worldwide.

The Believe in Tomorrow facility on 66th Street in Ocean City is open year-round to provide a free getaway to the beach for critically ill children and their families whenever they may need to escape the stresses of their child’s illness. Each of the four condos feature kid-friendly décor and paintings with at least two bedrooms, a full bathroom, a fully-stocked kitchen, living and dining room areas.

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