Sophie donates "Locks of Love"

Friday, April 27, 2007
Photo by Rhonda Poole Sophie Raffo wears a few of the bracelets she has crocheted to benefit Locks of Love.

By Rhonda Poole

Marshall County School System

The Raffo family of Lewisburg has always been a generous bunch. They offer their athletic knowledge to assist with sporting events. They give of their time to charitable affairs. They contribute funds to help the less fortunate. But it's not just Mom and Dad Raffo…Lisa and Vitto…who give so much to their community; their daughters Nina, Cece and Sophie also help others in need.

Sophie, a fourth grader at Westhills Elementary School, is the latest member of the family to travel the philanthropic road. A few weeks ago this youngster began crocheting colorful bracelets that will benefit Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces made of donated hair to financially disadvantaged children under the age of 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Sophie offers the bracelets for a small donation, then sends the money to Locks of Love.

"I always like to donate to (charitable) organizations," Sophie told me. And she especially likes to help kids; that's why she chose Locks of Love. In fact, the Raffo girls have helped the organization in the past by donating several inches of their own hair to be made into wigs and hairpieces.

What would prompt a young fourth grader to perform such an unselfish act? Two years ago Sophie's grandmother died of breast cancer. She remembers the wig her grandmother wore and how the synthetic piece was always slipping. She also recalls her grandmother purchasing a wig made with real hair, which did not slip but stayed in place. Sophie feels this fact alone will help children's self confidence when wearing a natural hairpiece.

So far, Sophie has raised $53; Mom and Dad matched that amount and are ready to send Locks of Love $106 from this venture. "When she began, I thought she would raise about $10 or $20, at most," Lisa said. How surprised, and pleased, she is that her daughter has done so well with this idea.

If you would like to have one of Sophie's bracelets, give her a call at 270-6792. She and her parents will arrange a time and place for you to make your donation and pick up your bracelet made with "Lots of Love."