About Good Wishes
Good Wishes provides an It's a Wrap© or Good Wishes square scarf to anyone experiencing the thinning or loss of hair as a result of illness or treatment at no cost. Each scarf is a gift of hope that carries with it the support and good wishes of people who care and represents the strength and dignity of those who wear it. Our goal is to, in some small way, ease their journey, provide a bit of comfort and share the power of positive thinking and good wishes with these individuals on their path to healing and recovery.
As the owner of a hair accessories company for over 20 years, Laurie Erickson was unsure what to say when in 2006 a loyal customer asked a simple question. Hillary, who had recently undergone chemotherapy, asked what she had for someone who had lost their hair. There really wasn't anything she could offer that the company currently sold. However, Laurie had worked with the finest cotton and silk fabrics in beautiful designs and patterns for years and it struck her that she should design and send a scarf to Hillary as a way to share some comfort with a little style. She felt it was the least she could do for this woman who was looking for a little something to make her feel pretty and feminine during a difficult time. At a staff meeting later that week, everyone took a moment for Hillary and sent the very first scarf along with their good wishes in the form of signatures on a card for a quick recovery. It was at that time that the Good Wishes program was born.
Now, over 8 years later Good Wishes has grown to be something more than anyone could have imagined. Since it's meager beginning, Good Wishes has been able to extend our reach through the help of volunteers, hospitals, treatment centers and organizations across the world offering help to those in need. In 2010 we officially received our 501 (c)(3) Charitable Corporation tax status and the next year hosted our first fundraiser auction. The event has grown and this year we will host our 5th Annual Strength, Style & Dignity Benefit and Auction on November 7th in Seattle.
Today we are striving to broaden our impact with the help of Ambassadors; passionate individuals from all over the Country who help to fund raise and share our program in their local communities. Since 2006, Good Wishes is honored to have sent over 50,000 wraps or scarves along with a hand-signed card of heartfelt Good Wishes to amazing recipients all across the world.
*Please note, there is a minimal shipping charge for wraps sent outside the United States.
How It Works
When possible, we ask people, or their friends and loved ones, to choose three or more fabrics that suit their coloring and style and then contact us through our online request form, by phone (888-778-5998) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). We then send a wrap or scarf in a fabric of their choosing directly to these women along with the support and Good Wishes of all of our staff!. If someone does not have access to the internet, we are more than happy to talk with them about their style and color preferences and select something beautiful for them. [Shipping may take 3-6 weeks depending upon stock and demand. Free U.S. shipping is offered within the 50 states and Washington DC. Requests sent internationally or to U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, will need to pay shipping costs only.]
Wall of Hope
With every gift of a headwrap or scarf that we deliver, we also send our personal good wishes for healing and recovery to each recipient. As a way to keep them in our hearts and continue sending them our positive thoughts, we created the Wall of Hope. Each recipient is represented by a placard bearing their name, city, date sent and scarf number. As we go about our daily tasks, we can look up and be reminded of individuals whose journey is hopefully made a bit more bearable through our program and we can take a moment to send them additional Good Wishes.