Rosemarie Druga, a resident of Squirrel Hill, had her simple wish for new bedding and a battery for her scooter granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Druga, who just turned 95 last month, still lives on her own and relies on her scooter to get around. She has a twin-size hospital bed and has been using old full-size sheets on it. Because she lives on a fixed income, she cannot afford to buy new bedding or a battery for her scooter on her own. Thanks to the Allegheny County chapter her simple wish was granted on Friday, April 9th. They also purchased a new full-size quilt for her bed so it can hang over the side, making it easier for her to make the bed from her wheelchair. Druga is a devoted mother and grandmother and was the primary caregiver for her husband who passed away several years ago. In years past, she was very active in the senior center and ran the bocce ball and shuffleboard programs for years there. Special thanks to Ponsi Medical Supply for discounting the cost of the scooter battery.
Barbara Tufton, 88, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, had her wish for a QVC gift card so she could purchase food granted by our Allegheny County chapter. Because Barbara is recovering from a fall and her husband lives in a nursing facility, she finds it difficult to shop and cook for herself. She loves the food from QVC so having the ability to order food from there will be a big help to her.
Dorothy Rice, 83, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, had her wish for cookbooks, crossword puzzle books and fiction books granted by our Allegheny County chapter. Dorothy loves to read, especially suspense or mystery books. She also loves to cook, having worked for over 32 years as a nutritionist/cook for the Head Start Program for young children. In the past, Dorothy volunteered for many years with the Salvation Army. Her wish was granted on February 26, 2021.
Della Arrington, 92, a resident of Vernon, PA, had her wish for heated massage mat and back support pillow granted by our Allegheny County chapter on December 13, 2020. Della was confined to either her bed or a chair because of her health issues and both items would give her comfort and pain relief. According to her nurse who nominated her for the wish, Della’s favorite thing about having her wish granted was her Twilight Wish certificate. She kept it on the dining room table and would look at it throughout the day, pick it up, read it and smile, saying “I can’t believe that someone thinks I’m special.” Della used the massage mat and back support pillow every day to keep warm and comfortable. Della had lost her husband earlier in the year to COVID and was not well herself. Sadly, she passed away in late January 2021, but did so knowing she was loved and appreciated.
Orpah Vankirk, 79, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, recently had her wish for a new twin mattress granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Vankirk has multiple medical issues and chronic pain. She had been sleeping in her chair because her old mattress was so worn. Having a new mattress will greatly improve her quality of life, allowing her to get a good night’s sleep.
Leslie McGarrity, 74, a resident of Braddock, PA, recently had her wish for a new full size mattress granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter.
Leonard Peluso, 78, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, had his wish for a washer and dryer granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Peluso has severe COPD and is on oxygen 24/7. A Vietnam veteran, he is in hospice care. Peluso and his wife have very little resources and no family or friends to help with their laundry. Because they cannot afford a car, it is a hardship for them to go to the laundromat. Having a washer and dryer in their home will allow hospice staff do do laundry for them while visiting.
Mary Johnson, 96, a resident of Braddock, PA, had her wish for a large face clock granted, thanks to our Allegheny County, PA chapter. Johnson lives in senior housing on her own. The clock will be helpful for her to keep track of the date and time for her medical appointments. Her wish was granted on January 7, 2020.
Grace Lynn, who recently turned 101, will have her wish for a birthday party with friends and family granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Lynn, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, turned 101 on December 18th. She was nominated by her 86-year-old daughter-in-law, Audrey Woods. Lynn still lives on her own in Homewood House which is subsidized senior living and helps serve coffee for other tenants in the building. The Allegheny County chapter planned a special birthday party for Lynn complete with balloons, coffee and a birthday cake!
Thomas Michak, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, had his wish for a portable air conditioner granted, thanks to our Allegheny County, PA chapter. Michak lives in a senior high rise and is not allowed to have a window unit. Because he is on oxygen 24/7, he needs cool air in order to breathe easier. His wish was granted on December 13, 2019.