Oh yes I donated the length I cut off, it was in good shape, oddly; I thought about selling the hair but didn't want to cut it all the way off. I donated to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths, not Locks of Love; apparently the Pantene people actually USE the hair for wigs instead of selling it. The cut off part was about a foot and a half or so, then a couple more inches off with the actual haircut after.
Anyway, be encouraged, and just don't cut it except for dusting the ends, if you take care of it it will stay healthy without haircuts, and will get longer than you think.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)
Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)