Little Miss St. Clair Shores gives back to local children

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published January 9, 2013

 Jenna Dell, 10, shows off her new haircut and the hair she donated to Wigs 4 Kids Dec. 28.

Jenna Dell, 10, shows off her new haircut and the hair she donated to Wigs 4 Kids Dec. 28.

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In promotions for the scholarship program, her golden locks cascade down her shoulder, the perfectly sweet look of the winner of the Little Miss St. Clair Shores title.

But 10-year-old Jenna Dell’s hair will tumble down someone else’s back, now that the pageant princess stopped by Wigs 4 Kids to give the gift of her hair to the organization.

After donating a 10-inch ponytail to the organization Dec. 28, Jenna’s hair now stops just at her shoulders. Wigs 4 Kids Founder Maggie Varney said she was amazed when the pageant winner came by to have her hair cut.

“I told her when she came in, I said, ‘You know honey, little girls look to you. You are such a little role model,’” Varney said. “It’s one thing to be beautiful and smart, but to be loving and sensitive and caring. ... Wherever you go, she’s there. She’s always out here, helping the community and this, to me, is just another way.”

Jenna, a fifth-grader at Princeton Elementary School, said she first heard about Wigs 4 Kids at the Kiwanis Fun Fest this fall. But at a fundraiser for the organization, she said a book Varney showed her of children who have received wigs through Wigs 4 Kids made a big impact.

“I thought that would be a really great idea to give a kid hair that doesn’t have hair,” she said. “I thought that would be really nice.”

She said she knows, as the pageant winner, she’s in the public eye.

“Definitely, I think it will inspire a lot of the younger kids that kind of look up to me,” she said. “I was kind of nervous at first because I wasn’t sure about how my hair was going to look, and I ended up really liking it.”

Jenna said she plans to grow her hair out again but, even if she didn’t, “I don’t think it will affect my pageant skills.”

Varney said it takes about 10 ponytails to make a child’s wig, but Jenna’s 10-inch piece was so thick that it was equivalent to four ponytails.

“She’s a nice girl, so it was very nice,” Varney said. “Other kids were in here at the time, (so) she put her tiara on.”

Jenna’s mother, Peggy Dell, said she hopes her daughter’s donation inspires other children and brings more attention to the St. Clair Shores Scholarship Program.

“It’s such a good thing to just develop character,” Dell said. “They’re all about service and giving back to the community.”