Franco Reinoso Spreads Kindness Through Donation
Franco Reinoso, a fifth grade student at Madison Elementary School, is well known for his active roles in his school community through his participation in the Gifted & Talented Program and the School Star Club. He is also known for his long and vivacious hair.
His decision to grow his hair out three years ago as a second grade student was aligned with a purpose. He grew out his hair with the intention to donate his hair to the Locks of Love Foundation. He personally chose the Locks of Love organization after having experienced those close to him having and overcoming their personal battles.
Franco acknowledges that these patients go through both “physical and mental battles.” He wants to help them feel good because he feels that “when someone feels good, it helps them to work and fight harder against the disease.”
The Locks of Love Foundation “is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.”
Eleven year old Franco is looking to demonstrate to children that even children can participate in acts of kindness because kindness spreads. He strongly believes that “kindness can create a ripple effect.” In addition to cutting and donating his hair the month, Franco also organized a GoFundMe page. This fundraising act is to sponsor a child from Locks of Love Child. Fundraising efforts to sponsor a child “will not only provide a child with a custom prostheses, but provide the opportunity for them to face each day on the same terms as the world and their peers” according to the Locks of Love Foundation.
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