GLADSTONE - When 8-year-old Lilly Karl first looked at her reflection in the mirror after getting her hair cut short, she couldn't help but cry. But it wasn't long before she realized that the hair cut was for a purpose that she had long looked forward to - to donate her hair to the Lock of Love organization.
"When I realized how short my hair was, I felt kinda sad," said Lilly. "But then I thought that it might go for a girl who needs a wig because she has no hair and my hair could make one."
Lilly, who is the daughter of Scott and Kelly Karl of Gladstone, is a third-grade student at Jones Elementary School. The youngster's recent haircut is her second.
In only a matter of minutes, Lilly Karl, the charming costumed dancer with the long curls was transformed into the benevolent youngster, below, holding a 12-inch hank of her hair that will be donated to the Locks of Love program.
"She had her hair cut once before but there wasn't enough to donate," said Kelly. "She heard about the Locks of Love program and this time she wanted to grow her hair long enough to donate to help another child."
As a smiling Lilly ran her fingers through her shorn auburn-colored locks, she stated, "It's a lot easier to care for now."