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By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It may sound crazy, but Brookstone students and faculty are asking people to donate something other than time or money… their hair.

The school is organizing a drive to send donations to the Gulf Coast in an effort to soak up the oil spill.

Brookstone music teacher, Robert Mullinax, told News Leader Nine, "We are soliciting donations of animal hair, human hair, or nylons and are planning a hair drive within the Brookstone community next week."

When students and faculty at Brookstone School saw a need in the Gulf Coast, they jumped at the opportunity to help with relief efforts.

High school senior Rachel Wiseley said, "A group of the Servant Leadership Committee and Mr. Mullinax came up with the idea of being part of helping collect these fibers to donate."

Mullinax added, "The economic situation, the way it is today, we want to help as much as we can so it doesn't get worse for other people."

Rachel and her fellow students have even done some research into how the hair and nylons will be used for the clean-up project. She explained, "When you have oily hair, you wash it. It's the same thing, backwards. Your hair will collect the oils in the ocean. They take these hairs and put them in a nylon bag and make a mat out of it. The water with the oil collects over it and the hair soaks up the oil."

They are also asking local hair salons and pet grooming businesses to save their clippings for the hair drive, making donating easy!

"We can arrange for pick-up of any clippings or nylons. You can see this box, if they want to drop by or they have students here they can drop by," Mullinax said.

The school is making it really easy to donate. You can call Brookstone and arrange for them to come pick up your donation, you can drop it off at the school, or the Brookstone family can go to the "Hair Drive", where they are cutting hair, on May 13th.

For more information on how you can help with their efforts, you can call Brookstone School at (706)324-1392. You can also visit the website of the organization they are teaming up with www.matteroftrust.org


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