It took months to grow but only a few minutes to cut -- and it was worth every moment.

Westport's Katie Simpson, an 11-year-old sixth grader at Bedford Middle School, snipped her long hair Monday so that she could donate it to Locks of Love (www.locksoflove.org), a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the U.S. and Canada under age 21 who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Simpson's charitable act grew out of her desire to help kids in need. Last Spring she heard about charitable deeds in her religious education class at Assumption Church and decided this would be a great way to make a personal contribution. She wanted to make a difference for children who lose their hair as a result of illness.

Monday represented the culmination of her goodwill, when she went to Hair in Southport and cut off the 10-inches necessary to meet donation guidelines.