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Where To Donate Wigs for Cancer Patients

Posted on July 08 2019

After seeing so many of our clients go through cancer and other issues, we know how heartbreaking it is to watch someone you love not just battle this disease, but also watch them lose a bit of themselves as they began to lose their hair.

We are often contacted by women who inquire about where to donate or find free wigs. We know how important it is to take back control over your appearance when undergoing chemotherapy, and not everyone has a the finances to purchase a wig. This is especially true for cancer patients that have hefty medical expenses.

Where To Donate Wigs for Cancer Patients

How To Donate Wigs

There are many ways to donate gently used wigs. Here at Wigs.com, we donate to American Cancer Society wig banks. This organization has resource centers all across the nation, offering wig programs that offer free wigs to cancer patients as well as other cancer-related items such as educational guides, information for medical resources and comforting gifts.

To donate your wig to American Cancer Society, search for your location on their website. Then choose the program type "Wigs - free" in the drop-down menu. 

Another great organization that takes donated wigs called EBeauty.com. After the wigs are donated, they are then restored and offered for free to women with cancer in the United States.

EBeauty's mission statement is such:

"To enhance and strengthen the education, charitable and community support network for women undergoing cancer treatments. EBeauty works to improve the quality of life of women undergoing chemotherapy treatments through the implementation of its Wig Exchange Program and Hospital Partnership Program. Our primary goal is to provide all women, regardless of economic status or geographic location, access to wigs."

If you wish to donate a wig, the process is quite simple. There is a form for you to fill out and include in the package, and the wig must be packaged in plastic bags and bubble mailers to help with the sorting process once it is received, along with a $20 donation to cover any sorting, cleaning, and shipment to the future recipient. As this is a tax-deductible donation, if you want a tax receipt, all you need to do is attach a note in the package with your email address. It's as simple as that.

Headquartered in DC, most of the drop off locations are in the North East (DC, Maryland, and Virginia); but they also have some drop-offs in California. And don't worry if you aren't located nearby. You can also mail in your wig to the address listed here and on their website:

EBeauty.com
1350 Eye St. NW
Suite P-100
Washington, DC 20005
ebeauty@ebeauty.com

Also included on their website in relation to mailing and donating wigs is this statement: "If you do not live near any of our current drop off locations, then do not hesitate to mail us your wigs. We are always here to take a wig for another woman in need. If you have any questions, please email Alex Brown at Alex@EBeauty.com." 

More Ways To Donate Wigs

It's amazing that organizations like this exist, working to help the recovery process in a way that many people may forget is so critical. Here are some additional resources to which you can donate wigs:

CancerCare.org
275 Seventh Avenue
New YorkNY10001
800‑813‑HOPE (4673)

Accepts wig donations for women in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

TheWigExchange.org
The Beauty Bar & Salon
8 Bowman Ave
Port Chester NY 10573
914-412-4884
info@thewigexchange.org

You can also donate wigs to your local cancer center, cancer support group, or even oncology offices! So do a little research and find a location to donate near you.

How To Donate Wigs

When someone loses a part of themselves that has defined them for so long, they often feel like they are losing their identity - making recovery and fighting cancer even harder than before. When fighting a physical illness or disorder, it is imperative to take just as much care of the patient's mental state and outlook on the world as much as their physical healing.

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Shop: 
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Read:  
Wigs.com Stands Up to Cancer
Monofilament Wigs for Cancer Patients
The Best Wigs for Cancer Patients
Choosing A Wig Before Chemo

 

Have you ever donated a wig? Share your story in the comments below!

11 comments

  • Adriana: October 01, 2019

    It’s really sad that ACS (at least in Illinois) is no longer accepting wig donations. My mom went through chemo years ago, and I know her wig cost an absolute fortune because I was with her when she purchased it. It’s sitting in it’s original box, and I’m sure there is someone out there that can use it, but I can’t seem to find a place that will take it. Has anyone found a place that helps cancer patients in Illinois that would accept a used wig as a donation?

  • Kristy S: September 24, 2019

    Like others, our family’s looking to donate wigs, hats, etc. I contacted ACS & was told many locations no longer accept. He searched by my zip code, then w/in100 miles & then decided to check the state…GA locations no longer accept these items. I just want to say how kind & helpful this young man was-he didn’t stop when we learned ACS wasn’t the answer. He continued by listing other orgs we might try and suggested checking w/ local hospitals, hair salons, etc

  • Yvonne : September 23, 2019

    I have brand new wigs never worn that I would like to donate.

  • The Wig Experts: September 12, 2019

    Hi Anita,

    That is good information – thank you for sharing!

    - The Wig Experts

  • anita C: September 12, 2019

    I called my local American Cancer Society in Chicago and was told they are not in the business of accepting used wigs. Suggested I contact a local hospital. I expected something a little more helpful!

  • Carol S. : September 03, 2019
    Hi , I wrote about a month ago asking how I can donate all the wigs I have which are in very good condition and some are new . No one wants to take them but I found out from a friend over a year ago who needed a wig due to hair loss from chemo , and she had tried to get a wig for free as she could not afford one after all her high medical expenses. She was told she had to buy a wig and was given a wig catalog. This is why I want to help others who are in need of free wigs. I almost feel like offering these wigs in the want add section of our news paper for those in need of them but again you never know if there are people you can trust coming to your home to get a wig. My husband is now telling me to drop them off at a homeless shelter so they can offer these to people in need of them. I know there are a lot of people who need a wig but don’t know where to get them for free. I have been turned down now 3 times from places I thought would be willing to help out patients needing wigs.

    Thanks for your advice back in August.

  • The Wig Experts: August 05, 2019

    Hi Carol,

    Try reaching out to your local/regional chapter of American Cancer Society if your town’s cancer center will not accept your donation.

    - The Wig Experts

  • Carol Shamgochian: August 05, 2019

    I have a lot of wigs some used but in good condition and some new that were never worn. I no longer need my wigs . I tried to give them away to the cancer place in my home town but was told they have their own place where they get them from , for their patients in need. What can I do as I know a lot of people out there are in need of free wigs as they cannot afford them because of high medical expenses.? I just want to help others like I was helped after my hair loss.

    Thank you,
    Sincerely , Mrs. Carol Shamgochian

  • The Wig Experts: July 25, 2019

    Hi Debbie!

    Each “chapter” or region of American Cancer Society has different rules for wig donation based on the frequency of donations, volume of wig donations they receive, the quality of donations, and more.

    Thanks for commenting!

    - The Wig Experts

  • Debbie Rabourn: July 25, 2019

    Several years ago I was told by the American Cancer Society in my area (Sacramento) that they were no longer taking donated wigs. After years of donating to them I was quite surprised by this message, but you are telling us they do take wigs. I was donating the wigs that were either never worn or worn maybe once or twice. Can you please clarify.

  • Frances Bolt: July 25, 2019

    Yes, I donated been 10 and 20 wigs I no longer wore. I gave them to a wig shop here in Boise and the owner cleaned and styled them and donated them to the cancer unit of a hospital here. I’m hoping that many women who couldn’t afford to buy one got them.

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