For anyone who knows me in person…I am a bit of a scarf addict! Plus, my mom is a cancer survivor, so when I found today’s organization, I quickly sent them my request for information.
Good Wishes Scarves has a simple mission. They wish to provide one beautiful It’s a Wrap© or Good Wishes Scarf to anyone experiencing the thinning or loss of hair as a result of illness or treatment. Their goal is to in some small way ease their journey, provide a small bit of comfort and share the power of positive thinking and good wishes with these individuals on their path to healing and recovery.
Laurie Erickson had been a CEO of a successful fashion accessory company when she received a simple question from a customer. Hilary, who had recently undergone chemotherapy treatment, asked what Laurie’s company had for someone who had lost her hair. Laurie apologized and told her she did not carry anything of that nature. This sparked an idea for Laurie. Laurie describes what happened next, “For years I had worked with the finest cotton and silk fabrics with the most beautiful and inspiring colors and designs. I offered to send Hillary a scarf at no charge. It was the least I could do for this woman who was just looking for a little something to make her feel pretty and feminine during a difficult time. At our staff meeting later that week, we took a moment for Hillary and we sent our very first scarf along with our good wishes for a quick recovery. It was at that time that the Good Wishes program was born.”
The Good Wishes program is unique because they don’t just send a scarf or wrap, they also include a card hand signed by their employees and volunteers with thoughts, hopes and wishes for the individual receiving the scarf. They also honor each recipient with a placard on their Wall of Hope so they can continue sending good wishes and thinking of them. Since 2006, they have sent over 10,000 wraps and scarves around the United States.
How can you help?
- Monetary donations can be made on the organization’s website to purchase fabrics, sew, and ship the scarves and wraps.
- In addition to monetary donations, they also accept donations of soft, breathable fabrics.
- Volunteer your time and creativity at a Good Wishes fundraiser or help out at their offices in North Bend, Washington.
- They have a Good Wishes Ambassador program where people who have a passion for Good Wishes actively promote the program and raise funds in their communities.
- You can also contact them with other suggestions of ways you would like to help.
- You can also spread the work about the program with anyone in need, a hospital, treatment center or support group.