Created in 2005 by women heart disease survivors, HeartScarves delivers handmade red scarves to members of WomenHeart Support Networks, and to women undergoing cardiac procedures. Symbolizing the lifelines of caring and support that exists among us, each red scarf is meant to offer comfort, support, and encouragement for a woman with heart disease and become a part of her healing journey. Recipients of the scarves feel the love and attention that go into the production of hand-made items.
HeartScarves, started by WomenHeart Champions
Marilyn Deak, Suzi Arnegger, Betsy Doherty, and the late Tina Bradford, has already distributed thousands of scarves to women in hospitals and rehabilitation centers after a cardiovascular procedure or event. Read our conversation with Marilyn Deak
to learn more about the origin of HeartScarves.
The purpose of the HeartScarves program is two-fold: primarily, to bring comfort, support, and encouragement to women with heart disease; secondly, to provide a platform for awareness and education about heart disease in women, as well as the WomenHeart organization.
The HeartScarves program currently receives its
supply of scarves from hundreds of local craft groups
and individuals who dedicate their time and talent towards this cause.
In fact, for the selfless acts of these contributors, the HeartScarves Craft
Community was honored at the 12th Annual Wenger Awards for
Excellence in Community Outreach for having grown from a scarf knitting group
in California into a nationwide network of volunteers who knit and deliver
thousands of red scarves to women heart disease survivors across the country! The Power of the Red Scarf (LINK to YouTube video
) video presented at
the 12th Annual Wenger Awards provides
an in depth look at the HeartScarves program’s transformation and the impact
it’s having on the women it reaches!
are by definition RED, representing our hearts.
are always handmade, carrying with them the love and caring that the creator
put into making the scarf.
are never for sale. They are a connection from one heart to
are generally 3-4 inches wide and 50-60 inches in length.
the scarves are given to WomenHeart, a label is sewn in, identifying the scarf
as a WomenHeart heart scarf, and a tag is attached that tells the recipient
about the meaning of the scarf. Then the scarves are ready for
How you can get involved
HeartScarves on Facebook