Wigs 4 Kids, helping the self-esteem of Michigan Kids

Wigs 4 Kids is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that reaches out to kids and young adults with hair loss. This program is available to any child or teen from ages 3 through 18 in Michigan at no cost to them or their families.


This week I had the opportunity to meet with the Founder & CEO Maggie Varney and her dedicated staff at the Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center.

Not only are they working hard to help these children look better on the outside, they also help them feel better on the inside. Wigs 4 Kids provides support services including grief and loss counseling, nutrition classes, art and music therapy, a cosmetology program and various children’s activities.

What I really loved about this program is that they do all of this at no cost to the children and their families. I learned about the process from hair donations, to the making of a wig, to meeting with the kids, to the fittings and on going support. Maggie and her team welcome the children in and make them feel special and right at home. I could see they truly care for these children.

Wigs 4 Kids: Kids need to have a sense of belonging, they need to fit in and be accepted by their peers. Wigs 4 Kids helps kids deal with appearance related issues and social acceptance, which are so critical to young adults and children.

I love the work of Wigs 4 Kids and I’m happy to have met with this beautiful organization. They are doing great things for Kids in Michigan. They do this from the hard work within, the support of people in our community and beyond. They receive hair donations from all over the world.

To learn more about Wigs 4 Kids you can visit their website here.

Hair Donations
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Also learn about Go Green Salon, located inside of Wigs 4 Kids.

Go Green Salon is a full-service environmentally-friendly salon for women and children and is open to the public. Go Green Salon, donates 50% of all hair donor cutting fees back to Wigs 4 Kids. The other 50% pays the technician for her professional service.


Resources for Schools to Prepare for and Recover From Crisis

A Message from Detroit Public Television- In the aftermath of the horrific events in Connecticut, we have been working with Michigan’s State Superintendent of Schools, Mike Flanagan, to gather resources to share with our community.

Dear Colleagues,

Many of us who work with or have children may be searching for ways to help them understand Friday’s tragedy in Connecticut. Sadly, we all know events like these are difficult to prevent. Even when it happens in a different part of the country or world, it can have a significant impact on children in Michigan and in OUR schools.  We thought the following resources might be useful in discussions with your children, your students , and your staffs.

Detroit Public Television and other local PBS stations are working together to bring trusted, helpful information today and in the days to come at http://www.dptv.org/kids/handling-scary-news.shtml.   Initial resources include:

  • The PBS Parents website has detailed information about how children of different ages perceive and respond to upsetting events.  You’ll find suggestions for helping your child talk about their feelings, as well as strategies to address their fears.
  • Mr. Rogers discussion with parents on scary news.  You can view a short video featuring him in either English or Spanish.
  • And for a deeper look into teen violence and suicide, a documentary PBS aired called a Cry for Help,  has a website with links to a number of resources.

Major State and Federal Resources

·         Michigan Department of Education’s Safe School web site.

·         Helping Youth and Children Recover from Traumatic Events from the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center.

·         National Institute of Mental Health – Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters.

·         Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) is a national initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts.

·         American Association of Pediatrics – Children, Terrorism & Disasters
Includes information about biological, chemical, and nuclear agents, as well as information about the psychological aspects of disasters.

  • Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools
    The US Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools is the federal government’s primary vehicle for reducing drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, and violence, through education and prevention activities in our nation’s schools. Includes current news, publications, and information about funding opportunities.

Mike Flanagan
State Superintendent
Michigan Department of Education

Supporting achievement for EVERY student through a Proficiency-Based system of education.

Thank you for sharing. #iHeartKids

Newtown Angels


A few weeks ago we told you that we helped build a playground in Detroit. The playground was in the parking lot of The New Providence Baptist Church which is also the home of  The Y Detroit Innovation Academy– A public K-5 charter school funded through State School Aid. While building the playground we stumbled upon a HUGE room full of clothes, shoes, baby items and so much more. I opened the door and asked the women what was going on. Lisa Benjamin introduced herself and invited us in to take a look. We were so happy to meet Lisa who was so welcoming and happy to tell us about the FREE clothing drive the church hosts. What we loved about the the giveaway was just that, it was a GIVEAWAY. Free! It is so nice to know that when cleaning out your closet instead of the items being sold the items are given to the less fortunate for free.

on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m New Providence Baptist Church will provide thousands of individuals in need with FREE” clothing, coats, shoes, community resources at its 12th Bi-Annual FREE” Clothing, Shoes and More Giveaway. EVERYONE is welcome!

The church is located at 18211 Plymouth Road, Detroit, MI 48228 (corner of Plymouth Road and Southfield Freeway).

“We have clothed over 12,000 and fed over 35,000 individuals living in the Metropolitan Detroit area through this program.”




Save the date and get your donation items ready for the next giveaway March 23, 2013.

Clothing racks, 13 gallon trash bags and supplies for the volunteers are still needed for this Saturday.

Contact Lisa Benjamin 313-837-0818 ext 102

Thank you NPD and Lisa for all that you do and allowing us to support you! We heart you 🙂

-Dottie & Donna

2012 Supporters – A BIG thanks to you too!

Dr. Everett & Lady Barbara Jennings and the New Providence Baptist Church

Pastor Orville Littlejohn and Messiah Baptist Church

Pastor Claude May and Oasis of Hope Christian Church

Pastor Samuel Thompson and Christian Fellowship of Love

Pastor Marvin Winans and Perfecting Church

Dr. Carlyle Stewart III and Hope United Methodist Church

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American Heart Association

American Diabetes Association

Ascension Bible and Bookstore

Association of Chinese Americans

Be Blessed Career Consulting

B.L.A.C. (Black Life, Arts & Culture Detroit)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (Help with Health Care Resource Guide for the Uninsured)

Channel 955

Clora Funeral Home

Coleman Young II, State Senator, 1st District

Comfort 4 Mom & Baby LLC

Custom Business Mobile Apps

Dembone’s Catering Service

Detroit Area Agency on Aging

Detroit City Council

Detroit Gospel.com

Detroit Innovation Academy

Detroit Pregnancy Test & Help Center (A Paraministry of Oasis of Hope Christian Church)

DTE Home Energy Consultation Program

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Fresh 100.3

Growing in Grace Inspirational Ministry (aired on WHPR TV33)

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Hope United Methodist Church Mission

iHeartKids– HEY THATS US!

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Jacqualine Woods

JBS Carriers

Judge Izetta F. Bright

Karmanos Cancer Institute-Breast Cervical Cancer Control Program

L.I.F.T. Women’s Resource Center


Mercy Primary Care Center

Methodist Children’s Home Society


Michigan Chronicle

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Molina Health Care

New Monitor

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Restyle Child

RX Free Card

S.C. Johnson

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Star Commomwealth-Detroit Youth Assistance Program

Summit Commercial

The Detroit News – (detroitnews.com)

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

The Monitor

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Vivians Health Fitness & Beauty Bazaar


Vista Maria, Inc.


Wayne County Commissioner Alicia Bell

WDFN-The Fan

WDRJ-1440 AM

Wings of Angels


WJBK Fox 2 Holiday Connection

WWJ 950 AM

WXYZ Around Town Community Calendar