CHATHAM, NJ - Recent Chatham High graduate Hailey Coates is smiling under her mask because even in a pandemic her goal of donating her hair every two years from kindergarten through high school was able to continue. 

Two days before her graduation from Chatham High School, the 18-year-old had her seventh haircut, which donated to those who cannot grow their own.  She has now donated over six feet of hair in her lifetime, starting at the age of six.

Coates plans to keep growing and donating.

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"I can't really imagine myself just going to a salon for a normal trim or maintaining the same hair length all of the time," she said. "I've become so used to my two-year rhythm and the transition from short to long hair that it doesn't feel right to do it any other way. 

"I also plan to continue because I love how, by simply letting my hair grow as it does naturally, I can help others who do not share the ability to grow hair of their own. To me, growing out my hair for donation is so special because it allows me to constantly be doing something that will make the world a brighter place for someone else."