PITTSBURG — A Pittsburg State University nursing student has taken her passion to the next level.

Senior Sara Huffaker has been donating her hair to make cancer wigs since she was in the fourth grade. This year she decided to expand and organized a donation drive at McPherson Hall on the PSU campus.

“This is the first time I’ve planned something like this, and the first time the school of nursing has hosted a hair drive,” Huffaker said. “But we are making it yearly, the first Saturday in February.”

Huffaker serves as the Breakthrough to Nursing Program leader in the Pittsburg State chapter of the Kansas Association of Nursing Students. She used her position, and partnered with Wild Side Salon to organize the drive.

“All the hairdressers are donating their time,” Huffaker said. “We advertised with the Wild Side, but we have hairdressers from multiple salons.”

Huffaker said the goal for the event was eight donations — the number it takes to make one wig.

“We had eight people here right at 10 a.m. when we opened,” Huffaker said. “We’ve had at least 64 donations today, so that’s eight wigs.”

Donations will be made through Pantene Beautiful Lengths and its partnership with the American Cancer Society. Huffaker said visitors only had to donated eight inches, while some other organizations require 12.

“I’ve been doing this since I was in fourth grade,” she said. “I was donating last year and thought ‘why isn’t everyone doing this?’ So i decided to get to work.”

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.