Jason Derülo Puts Scissors Where His Mouth Is

By Karen Bliss 1/29/10 | www.samaritanmag.com

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Jason Derülo, the rising U.S. pop artist whose “Whatcha Say” single has sold more than 4 million copies and received 30 million plays on his MySpace page — his album isn’t due until March 2 — has got behind the non-profit organization Locks of Love.

He put the scissors where his mouth is by cutting off his hair and donating it to the charity which provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Locks of Love is based out of Florida but services the entire U.S. and Canada.

“I donated all my hair to Locks of Love. I had been growing it for four years. It was 14 inches long seven months ago,” Derülo tells Samaritanmag.  “I was watching an infomercial one day and I was really heartbroken about what I was seeing with the cancer patients so I wanted to figure out a way that I could help.  I just went online and found this organization and this one was based around children going through chemotherapy and those who have various diseases that cause hair loss.”

According to the site, www.locksoflove.org, these custom-fitted hair prosthetics are provided free of charge or on a sliding scale to children whose families meet the Locks of Love Board of Directors guidelines.

Derülo, 20, hasn’t met any of the kids who have received hair pieces through Locks of Love, but he does plan on continuing his association with organization, even though he doesn’t have any lengthy locks left to give.

“I always talk about it because it’s really important to me,” says Derülo. “I really have a weakness for people that are sick and people that are less fortunate.”

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