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Tom C. Male


C-OBIT-maleTom C. Male 55 of Sand Lake, died Sunday, July 17, 2016. Tom was born September 27, 1960 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of James and Ione (Scholz) Male. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Eagles and the Eagle Riders. He grew his hair out and donated it to Locks of Love many times and was always looking out for others and putting on benefits for them. Surviving are his daughter, Sadie; grandchildren, Hannah, Mackenzie, and Maddox; sisters, Belinda and Bonnie (Chris); girlfriend, Cheryl; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ron; nephew, Fred. A celebration of his life was held Saturday, July 23 at his home. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Brothers donate to Locks of Love


It’s not unusual to hear about girls or women getting their hair cut and donating it to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss. But we had never heard of boys donating their hair until last week.
Stacey Hinton wrote and told us that her sons, Logan Force, 7, and Lelan Force, 6, have been growing their hair for a year. She said they saw a show on TV about children who lost their hair, and one of the children told how they got to have real hair, by other people growing their hair, cutting it and donating it to Locks of Love.
“From that day they decided to grow theirs out to donate,” said Stacey.
On Sunday, September 25, they finally cut their hair to send in. Stacey said Logan’s braid was 15 inches long and Lelan’s was 12 inches. “Even though the minimum required is only 10 inches, they wanted to do a bit more,” she explained.
“They were very excited and sad at the same time,” noted Stacey. “But knowing this was helping someone feel better made it ease the pain of cutting the hair they had grown used to having. When they first starting growing out their hair, some of the kids at school would tease them. They just brushed it off knowing they were doing something good for another child. As a mom, I couldn’t be more proud of my sons.”

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