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Acts of Kindness
Richmond Hill sisters donate hair
to help children with hair loss
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
Adams hosted a hair donation
event on Friday, Jan. 10, where
local young residents donated
their locks and received
free haircuts and styling from
Aracelis Unisex Hair Salon in
Each person donated their
locks to the local nonprofit
By Blaq, which provides
high-quality wigs to children
with medical conditions.
The organization was formed
in 2012 by Erna Blackman to
assist children coping with
hair loss. Blackman is a former
volunteer at the American
Cancer Society as a wig stylist
and wanted to expand on
Saaya Kanhoye donated 14
inches of her hair and her sister,
Shaila Kanhoye, donated 35
inches of her locks.
“I am humbled and pleased
to hold this hair donation
event supporting the work of
our Butterfl ies By Blaq providing
critical help to young people
and inspiring hope within
our communities,” Adams said.
“Th is cause is both meaningful
and relevant to so many lives.
Th e impact of this contribution
will reach many young cancer
patients and help them to bravely
face the next part of their journey.”
Blackman said hair donors like
the Kanhoye sisters are important
to the organization because
longer hair donations are the
building blocks of wig creation.
“Most of the girls that request
our services now want longer
hair. Although we accept and
are grateful for 10 inches, the
desired lengths are 12 inches or
more,” Blackman said. “Shaila
and Saaya surpassed that which
will make it easier for our partners
to create the wigs upon
receipt of the hair. We love it
when we meet young people
who feel the need to give back.
People helping people makes the
world a better place.”
Sherry Algredo from Queens
Community Board 9 said, “It’s
these humble acts of generosity
that really matters. May God
bless those who donate so selflessly.
Th e end result is nothing
Photo courtesy of Councilwoman Adrienne Adams offi ce
Saaya Kanhoye (l.) donated 14 inches of her hair and her sister, Shaila Kanhoye,
donated 35 inches of her locks to Butterfl ies by Blaq.
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