Mount Clemens firefighter shaves off hair to help children fighting cancer

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – A fire station in Mount Clemens was busier than ever on Thursday — not because of the number of calls they received, but because of the number of people who showed up.

A firefighter broke the department’s grooming policy and had to get a haircut for everyone in the shower, but it was all planned and was one of the few benefits of the pandemic.

It’s been a long 18 months to get through the COVID pandemic, but it feels even longer for frontline workers. Mount Clemens firefighter Josh Ringstad is different from other firefighters — he wasn’t clean-shaven like his colleagues.

He said he went without a haircut for several months so he could grow his hair for Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids, a nonprofit that takes donated hair and makes wigs for children in need – mainly pediatric cancer patients and burn victims.

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Ringstad decided he wanted to help without thinking about the challenges longer hair can present for firefighters — it can trap heat and make donning gear difficult without snagging hair.

Ringstad had his hair cut and donated on Thursday. In addition, about $4,000 was raised to help children so they don’t have to pay for the wigs.

More information about Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids can be found on the official website here.

If you want to donate, click here.

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