Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization, which provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss. All children are under the age of 21 years old.
It is their goal to provide children with hairpieces in hopes of returning them to a somewhat normal-feeling childhood. Children are able to do most everything including swimming and showering with their hairpiece, as it forms a vacuum seal around their temples.
Anna Beth had decided to donate her hair at the age of nine after hearing of people in her former church in Tennessee doing so.
"There was a mom and two daughters that donated their hair," said mother Anita Urban. "My daughter said, 'Well, I can do that.'"
Currently she volunteers for such organizations in and around Putnam County such as Hope Haven, the Special Olympics and Together Educated Equestrians Master Barn. She also makes pillow case dresses for little girls in Haiti with her church, Cornerstone Baptist Church in Greencastle.
"She's done all that for the past two years," said Anita. "She just likes to help people."
Typically, it takes Anna Beth around two years between visits. Her hair grows so quickly that even after cutting off 10 inches each time it still remains at shoulder length.
"Hair is very important to girls and boys, but especially to girls," Anna Beth said.
Anna Beth has no plans to stop donating her hair each time it grows long enough. However, she chooses to do so on important dates in her life and her family's lives.
"The first time she donated her hair was on her grandpa's birthday," explained Anita. "She thought it was pretty neat getting it cut on her grandpa's birthday for the first time."
Each time Anna Beth donates it happens to fall on a special date. She is unsure when the next time she will donate, but knows it will be in the near future. For now, she just enjoys helping out those in need.