Dig out your wigs and scarves

Published 7:52 pm Wednesday, March 31, 2010

If you have scarves, hats and wigs collecting dust and taking up precious closet space, pull them out to donate to people in need.

Items are being collected for the 2nd annual Scarf Up and Wig-gle today through Mother’s Day for the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program.

“It was one of those connect the dots things,” said Nancy Alberts, who started the drive and is owner of Moving On! Services, the drive’s sponsor. “I was thinking of my mom and mother-in-law, Mother’s Day and flowers and just wanted to do something that would help other moms.”

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The thought led to floral scarf patterns and eventually the idea to assist in a local drive for Look Good, Feel Better, a free, non-medical service for women in cancer treatment. It teaches women about makeup, skin care, nail care and ways to deal with hair loss with hats, turbans and scarves.

Last year, Scarf Up and Wig-gle collected more than 1,000 items that were donated to 550 women in the Hampton Roads area.

“The collections stay here to help the people in Hampton Roads that need them,” Alberts said.

Throughout Hampton Roads, there are 70 locations, including Bombshells Salon, Ugly Mug Coffee and Smoothie, Lake Prince Woods in Suffolk and Sentara PACE and Providence Place of Maryview in Churchland.

Items being collected range from Sunday hats, flowered scarves, turbans, crochet hats and baseball caps.

“We need everything,” Alberts said. “Knitted, crocheted, baseball and scarves of any shape, size, form and texture. We need big, little and every color you can think of. If you have a couple extra baseball caps, bring those out too. Men are going through chemotherapy, as well.”

Alberts encourages people to give back this Mother’s Day and donate whatever you’re not using for the cause.

“Someone is going through chemotherapy and losing their hair,” Alberts said. “Cancer is bad enough as it is. This is something that might make them feel a little better even though everything else is going out of control.”

For more information visit www.movingonservices.com.