NAME: Christine Cook

AGE: 33

HOMETOWN: Quincy

IN THE NEWS: Cook was given the task of shaving Gov. Charlie Baker's head at the annual Saving by Shaving fundraiser Thursday.

HER STORY: When Christine Cook woke up Thursday morning, she had no idea she would be shaving the head of one of the most powerful people in Massachusetts — Gov. Charlie Baker.

She said her day started out like any other. She dropped her 11-year-old son off at school and headed to Granite Telecommunications, where she donated her time to help shave dozens of heads for the company's annual Saving by Shaving event, which raised $7 million for Boston Children's Hospital.

It wasn't until she walked in the door that she learned she'd be giving the governor a buzz.

"I was really nervous, I tried not to think about it," Cook said.

The haircut for Baker was all in a day's work for Cook, who said she probably buzzed around 30 heads on Thursday.

"A buzz cut is one of the easier haircuts to give," Cook said. "We kept shaving heads after his, so I really didn't get a chance to think about it."

At the event, Baker said the haircut makes him nervous every year and implored Cook not to cut it too short.

Cook, who grew up in North Quincy, said this is her third year participating in the fundraiser. She works as a hairdresser at Littlefield Salon in Houghs Neck, and owner Sara Little has participated for several years.

"She did it every year, so I decided to tag along. It's honor to be able to help out," Cook said.

Over the years she's gotten to meet a few celebrities at the fundraiser, but former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz stands out. Cook said she liked his big personality.

Cook became a hairdresser four years ago after she was laid off from a waitressing job, and said she hasn't looked back since.

"It was a real blessing, I've always wanted to work with hair and losing my job was the push to finally just do it," Cook said. "I was a single mom and it was great to finally do something I wanted to do."

In addition to loving her job, she said the location makes it even better.

"I love the sunsets at Nut Island," Cook said.

Reporter Joe Difazio can be reached at Jdifazio@patriotledger.com.