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Creative Hands Group at Tallgrass Creek Helping to Heal Hearts by Donating Handmade Scarves

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March 11th, 2010

OVERLAND PARK, KS Members of the Creative Hands group at Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park have donated more than a dozen hand-crafted red scarves to women living with cardiac disease through WomenHeart of Kansas City, a local support network that is part of the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. Several members in the group of 15 needle-workers began knitting and crocheting their scarves just before last Christmas to have them ready to donate to WomenHeart during the annual club and committee fair at the independent living retirement community on Feb. 26. Creative Hands member Dorcas Doering recalls the group embracing the project after hearing a presentation on heart disease, its prevalence and its impact on women and their families. ' We re a group that knits and crochets a lot and we re not unused to knitting for good causes, so we jumped into this project very excitedly, Doering said. ' According to Doering and others at Tallgrass Creek, many positive outcomes came from this project, including a hall tree at the group s display at the fair resplendent with one-of-a-kind scarves and the good feeling among Creative Hands members at being able to bring comfort and support to so many women coping with heart disease with a few clicks of needles and skeins of yarn. Plus, the group may be growing in number. ' Doering notes that with so many red scarves being made at the same time, people were taking extra notice of the project. ' We ve really inspired people to get involved, she said. Cathy Porter with WomenHeart of Kansas City was equally inspired by the group s effort. I was so touched to see the scarves and to meet the women who embraced the project, she said. ' Groups like Creative Hands are so important to the life of this program and the women who are so touched by the gift. ' Each red scarf is meant to offer comfort, support, and encouragement for women with heart disease and become a part of her healing journey. As a heart survivor, I know what it means to have the support of others and I can't begin to tell you what these scarves will do for the women who will be receiving them. Porter has been a part of WomenHeart in the Kansas City area for three years. The group, which commemorated its three-year anniversary in April, now includes 21 hospitals in the Kansas City area, and WomenHeart volunteers have delivered more than 1,900 HeartScarves gift bags since its inception. About Tallgrass Creek: More than 200 people live at Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson full-service retirement community that promotes a vibrant lifestyle. Erickson Retirement Communities is one of the leading national developers of full-service retirement communities. ' Headquartered near Baltimore, Md., Erickson has built an innovative network of 20 communities that combine a maintenance-free active lifestyle with an ever-expanding host of amenities, social activities, and wellness and medical centers, proven to improve both physical and mental health. ' Erickson was named by FORTUNE as being one of the Top 100 2009 Best Companies to Work For ' . For more information about this story, please contact Lorraine Willmot, public relations manager, 443-604-6337.

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