CLIFTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Some middle school girls in New Jersey are giving away one of their most precious possessions for a good cause.

Christopher Columbus Middle School in Clifton is holding its 9th Annual Locks of Love Cut-a-Thon Monday.

Renee Nagurka, 9, is donating her hair to help her friend who has cancer.

“She doesn’t have a long life and I want to help her because she’s little,” Nagurka said.

Many of the girls have been growing their hair for years, anxious to give their long locks to cancer patients in need of wigs.

The girls hope to donate more than 2,600 inches of hair, which would bring them to 12,500 inches of hair donated to date, CBS 2’s Alex Denis reported.

“They need hair to feel happy,” said 6-year-old Angelie Ayala.

To make the cut, hair must be untreated and long enough to have at least 10 inches chopped off.

Cathleen Farrell has donated her hair four times and has a message for those receiving her hair.

“You’ll get every inch that you want,” Farrell said.

And if you feel inspired to donate your do, 12-year-old Elizabeth Martinez has a message for you.

“When you do good things, good things will come to you,” Martinez said.

Forty-five people have signed up for the event, but organizers expect more to show up.

Hairstylists will be cutting and collecting hair until 2 p.m.

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