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Toddler donates hair to kids battling cancer

Toddler Donates Hair to Kids Battling Cancer
One little girl in Canada had her hair cut this week, but there was something different about 3-year-old Emily James' new do.

'Sometimes kids get sick, and then their hair falls out. That's really, really sad. I don't want any kids to be sad that they have no hair. What I want to do is give them my hair,' she explained to FlyPress Films.

After Emily's haircut, the James family found a salon in British Columbia called 360 Hair that makes custom wigs for cancer patients.

Since Emily's mini documentary was filmed, her story has gone viral, touching the hearts of people all around the world. It was even featured on Ellen's Good News blog. HLN explains how the idea of donating came to be:

'Her parents were like okay, it's time for a haircut and they thought it'd be a really cool thing to do to donate her hair. She loved the idea, with one condition: if she cut her hair, her dolly had to cut her hair too.'

CTV talked to Emily and her family about donating her hair and the waves Emily's generosity have made.

Dad: 'It's pretty amazing the scope, just the amount of reach that this video's had.'
Mom: 'This is her in a nutshell. It captures her character to a T.'

After Emily and her doll Rapunzel got their new cuts, all she had to say was 'wow, me and my dolly look so pretty.'

She donated seven inches of hair, and certainly made a lot of people smile along the way.

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gudtip March 08 2014 at 4:09 PM

May God alwaways Bless her and keep her safe.

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FreeEnergy March 07 2014 at 12:53 PM

Adorable child, what a heart! Blessed parents!!

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dragonflylilyxo March 07 2014 at 12:48 PM

What a beautiful little girl love that she was able to tell the story. I'm sure her parents are extremely proud of her. I worked in a salon once where alot of mother and daughter's grew there hair to donate to locks of love. God Bless her.

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ozalot March 07 2014 at 12:47 PM

I thought you had to donate 12"

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sweetie012100 ozalot March 07 2014 at 12:49 PM

It depends on the company. Pantene will take 8"

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teratime March 07 2014 at 12:47 PM

that is to cool

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flying high March 07 2014 at 2:56 PM

I am so proud of you and mommie and daddy for you doing this, I am old enough to be your great grandma and I am going to do the same thing very soon as I have been doin it for a lot of years to help children feel better and I know that you made so many people happy and hope more people learn they can help this way because of you. Most beauty schools and beauty shops will do your hair cuts for free if you donate. You and dolly are beautiful.

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Sabrina March 07 2014 at 12:41 PM

Most of the Girl Scouts in my troop over the years have donated THEIR hair to "Locks of Love". Many of them grow their hair with the INTENTION to help kids. It's nice to see how many kids think of others!

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emberbb March 07 2014 at 12:35 PM

OMG - what can I say that will equal what Emily did, including her doll? This is such a beautiful and true story. Out of the mouth of babes -------. Seems like she really understood what she was doing and she has a heart of gold. Someone taught her well. God Bless.

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nordengto March 07 2014 at 12:25 PM

often it is words of a child that make adults grow up. God bless this angel.

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lvfrogs57 March 07 2014 at 12:13 PM

It's sad that people write negative comments on here. So what if her parents suggested she do this for kids with cancer? and maybe her parents didn't suggest it. Kids see all kinds of things on tv and they hear things in preschool or school. She is an adorable girl and a very generous one. Lots of little girls love their long hair and wouldn't want to part with it. Let's be positive people!

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Kate lvfrogs57 March 07 2014 at 12:23 PM

I saw that too, but it doesn't matter, because her parents are teaching her compassion and altruism. That's one of the things parents are supposed to do.

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