Three-year-old Emily James doesn't usually like to get her hair cut, but when she learned about kids who lost their hair from cancer, it didn't take much to convince her to get one. All she requested was that her Rapunzel doll similarly get trimmed.
A video posted online by Emily's parents, Richard and Amy, who own a production company named FlyPress Films near Toronto, documents the little girl's idea to donate her hair for those who need it, and undoubtedly defines what it means to be generous.
"Sometimes, kids get sick and then their hair falls out, that's really, really sad," Emily says in the video. "I don't want any kids to be sad that they have no hair. What I want to do is give them my hair because I have more hair, just cut some of it off and give it to someone."
According to Amy, Emily was born with a full head of hair, and when the time came around for a shearing, her mom told her there was something special she could do with it if she cut it short. Amy showed Emily pictures of kids with cancer who'd lost their hair during chemotherapy, and tried to explain the situation to her daughter in a way she could comprehend.
"I wasn't sure if she would hate the idea or be nervous about the change, but she went for it," Amy tells the Good News Blog.
Emily's uncle, Matthew Collins, happens to be a hairstylist, and though Emily doesn't like him to do her hair, this time around, she welcomed the idea.
"I was surprised that she would go for big change and that she was excited about Uncle Matthew cutting her hair," Amy remarks.
As Amy and her husband had equipment available, they decided to put together a short documentary to show their family and friends who were well aware of Emily's aversion to cuts. They posted the video on Facebook, and the sharing began almost immediately. The original Vimeo post has accrued more 289,000 views over the last 10 days.
"We've had tons of comments and feedback pouring in from people," Amy notes. "Some of the comments are overwhelming because people will say things like she's an angel, this has restored our faith in humanity -- all these big comments. What I think is special is that Emily understood that what she was doing is sharing something she had with someone else who needed it."
Amy adds, "We can all do that. We all have stuff in our lives that we can share, even if we treasure it."
Luckily, Emily approved of the new 'do. She comments, "Me and my dolly look so pretty."