One Uvalde Excessive College senior obtained a leap begin on the season of giving by donating 12 to 14 inches of his personal hair to a company that produces wigs for youngsters in want.
Sandoval’s hair began getting lengthy throughout the begin of the COVID-19 pandemic. At first, he was simply rising it out as a result of barber outlets have been closed, however then he simply determined to show a nasty state of affairs into a superb one.
“So I figured I’d simply develop out my hair for so long as doable to donate it simply to have one thing good come of it.”
Sandoval says that to resolve the place to donate, he merely simply did some analysis, and his motive for doing it was fairly easy.
“I simply suppose it was similar to a pleasant, form act. You understand, I simply wished to do one thing for somebody who wasn’t as lucky as I’m,” he mentioned. “I simply wished to offer again and simply do one thing good.”
Sandoval says that it took a couple of yr and eight months to develop out his hair to the size it reached.
“So the final time I really obtained a haircut was in, I believe, March of 2020.”
Whereas his mother and brothers knew of his plans to donate, his grandparents didn’t.
“Once I would go see my grandparents, like in Mexico or one thing, they didn’t even know that it was me.”
His friends and academics skilled the identical response after he lower his hair – they didn’t acknowledge him with out his lengthy locks.
Since that is the longest Sandoval has ever had his hair, he mentioned it turned troublesome to handle at occasions.
“It was actually powerful at first as a result of there have been so many days the place I simply wished to chop it off as a result of it will be so tangled,” he mentioned. “And I did lots of errors that you just’re not imagined to do with hair. Such as you’re not supposed to clean it every single day and all that kind of stuff. However I discovered to handle it.”
Sandoval says that his ideas whereas getting the haircut have been, “That is it, lastly – a yr and eight months of me rising it out – my hair goes to lastly be finished. However it’s going to a superb trigger.”
As a way to donate the hair, he says he simply put it in a Ziploc bag and despatched it to the group known as Kids with Hair Loss.
“I selected that group as a result of I discovered that different sorts of related locations cost their children for the wigs. However this one – it’s all nonprofit.”
Sandoval says that that is one thing he would suggest for somebody with lengthy hair, whether or not that may be a man or a woman.
“For those who’re a man and you have already got lengthy hair due to the pandemic like I did and , as a substitute of letting that hair go to waste, simply donate it. For those who’re a woman and also you’re seeking to lower your hair, it’s only a good alternative to do one thing good. However it’s not like you must do it. It’s as much as you.”
Sandoval appears like if everybody was good to one another in society, we’d all profit from it.
“It doesn’t matter what you do – simply small acts of kindness go a great distance. Regardless of how massive or small – simply doing one thing form. It’s simply at all times higher for everybody ultimately.”
Customers can discover Sandoval ringing the Salvation Military bell at Walmart this season as he represents the highschool pupil council for this group assist occasion.
Sandoval does all this whereas being a busy senior. He was only in the near past introduced as homecoming king and is at present the president of the Nationwide Honor Society and treasurer of the Well being Organizations College students of America. He additionally serves on the scholar council.
Will he develop his hair out and donate it once more sooner or later?
“Yeah, I don’t suppose I’m going to do it this yr,” he mentioned. “I’d wait like, a yr or two, however I believe, I’m going to donate my hair for the remainder of my life.”