This Toddler’s Incredibly Sweet Gesture Has Gone Viral


It all started when 3-year-old Ariana Smith, from Winterport, Maine, asked her dad a simple question: “Why do some little girls not have hair?”

Ariana had seen a picture of a little bald girl with cancer on television. When her father told her it was because some people are sick and lose their hair, the toddler was quick to offer up hers as a replacement, ABC News reported.

A week later she had ten inches of hair cut off and donated it to Locks of Love, a nonprofit providing hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children living with medical hair loss, according to its website.

 

 

It was her first haircut,” Josh Smith, Ariana’s father, told ABC News. “She could be so selfless like that. Her first reaction is ‘How about I give up something that I have so a little girl can feel pretty?'”

Smith posted photos and the story of Ariana’s first haircut on photo site Imgur, where it received more than 600,000 views in just four days. And the 3-year-old is planning to do it all again once her hair grows out.

Watch Ariana talk about the experience in the video below:

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