Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Good Wishes from Strangers


When a person is diagnosed with a major illness there are a lot of folders full of a lot of papers.  Most of the papers have to do with procedures, legal info, privacy policies, parking info and maps.  In the folder from the chemo nurses I came across a much nicer piece of paper.  A photocopied invitation offering a free head scarf to people diagnosed with diseases that cause hair loss from a company called Good Wishes.  


It took awhile for me to bring myself to reach out.  I knew I would lose my hair, there were days I wanted to tackle it head on (no pun intended) and days that I wanted to ignore it.  I finally went on the website, read through the information and made my selections. 

Their mission:

"Our mission is simple: to provide free of charge, 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. Our 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."



As you can see, these scarves are beautiful.  I filled out the application and made my top three picks.  I quickly got a confirmation email from Hailey that said my scarf would be on its way in 6-8 weeks.  Not long after that, I received a second one saying my choices were out of stock. I figured they were all so nice that the staff could just pick one out and send it to.  Less than a week after that email this came in the mail...




I was so excited to rip into the package but first I opened the card (my Momma taught me well)....
Imagine my surprise when I opened up the card and saw all of this.....



It was seriously the sweetest surprise!  That card looked like something that had passed around my office and sent to a close friend.  The messages were so sweet and I was totally blown away.  I went back to the website and saw that they post the names of all the people that request the scarves so that they are reminded of them and thing of them daily.  Check it out....

 

How much fun would this place be to work in?  Your whole job is to make beautiful things to share with people going through some of their hardest days?  That doesn't suck. 

Thank you Good Wishes Scarves for sending this package, your kind messages and beautiful scarf.

What's that?  You want to know what the scarf looks like ?  Well you are just going to have to wait on that.  But here is a sneak peek for now....




*All pictures came from my phone or from the Good Wishes website. 
Know someone who could use a "hug for your head?"  Share the website with them!!





5 comments:

  1. That is amazing! What a special group of people!!!! You are right....what a place to "work"

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  2. How beautiful. This was a wonderful tribute, Kelly. When my brother was sick, he received a quilt made by people thinking of him. It warmed us all. Keep that beautiful spirit going!!

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    1. The kindness of strangers is quite amazing isn't it?

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  3. That is the coolest thing ever! Can't wait to see your scarf :)

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  4. Thanks Jane! I will probably wear it this coming week. It with definitely be post worthy!

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