As Vanessa Vaughan waited for her haircut, her father Larry comforted the 8-year-old as she darted around and asked if it would hurt.
"It's not going to hurt," the Cockeysville resident told his daughter. "It's just going to make you feel a bit lighter."
This was no normal haircut for Vanessa. She was in line with dozens of her classmates at in Towson as they prepared to donate their hair to people who, they believe, needed it more.
More than 50 students, teachers, parents and even a few grandparents donated hair for the Pink Heart Funds in an event organized by the school's Girl Scout troop. The hair will go to make wigs for children suffering from medical hair loss. The charity event, in its second year, was organized in honor of Brendan Fick, brother of Immaculate Conception first grader Reilly Fick.
During a brief assembly in the school's gym, students chanted, clapped and cheered as their classmates went under the scissors and ponytails and pigtails met their end. Reilly's mother, Bridget, performed the first ceremonial cut.
Minutes later, the girls were passed off to a team of stylists who donated their time to finish the job.