Our Butler County chapter recently granted ValGean’s wish for a new piano. ValGean has been playing the piano for 80 years and is a very talented pianist and organist. She was the pianist and organist for 11 years at Hannahstown Road Baptist Church in Cabot and at Concordia Lutheran Ministries for many years. Until recently, she also volunteered her talents at a local nursing facility. Unfortunately, her old piano in her home was broken and unable to be repaired. ValGean really missed being able to play her beloved hymns at home and wished for a new piano. Our Butler County provided her with a new keyboard that will allow her to continue to play and help ease her loneliness and boredom.
Our Birmingham, Alabama chapter delivered gift baskets to the 40 residents of The Cottages at Mt. Brook, an assisted living facility in Birmingham, AL.
Thanks to several generous donors, we were able to grant Wilma’s wish to visit her daughter in North Carolina. Wilma lives in Pennsylvania and has not seen her daughter in over two years. Her daughter is battling stage 3 breast cancer and is very sick and unable to travel. Because she lives on a fixed income, she could not afford the travel costs on her own.
Sue Criscitiello, 97, a resident of Clark Nursing and Rehabilitation in Clark, NJ, had her wish to have lunch at Red Lobster and visit the Newark Museum granted, thanks to our New Jersey chapter. Sue worked for New Jersey Bell in Newark and Elizabeth for over 42 years and often went to the theater and museums on the weekends during that time. Now that she is older and lives in a facility, she doesn’t have the opportunity to do either. Sue and her friend enjoyed a seafood lunch at Red Lobster and then toured the museum. Special thanks to the Newark Museum for donating the tickets and to On-Time Transporation for donating the cost of transportation.
Thanks to the generous students at the University of Nevada, Reno, we were able to grant the wish of Lois Glenn, 91, a resident of Reno, NV. Lois is very hard of hearing and needed an adaptive telephone with strobe lighting and a signaler device. Receiving this equipment will allow her to communicate with others more easily and participate more fully in her daily life. Lois is very active in the Reno Senior Center where she has been involved with the annual Senior Games and has played bean bag baseball for many years. In addition, over the years, she has made and donated many afghan blankets to the American Heart Association.
Geraldine Miller, 91, a resident of Clairton, Pennsylvania, had her wish for a new mattress granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Geraldine is a very sweet woman who has been sleeping in her recliner for months. She was once on hospice where they provided a hospital bed and mattress. Once she “graduated” (no longer met the Medicare criteria) from hospice, they had to remove their equipment, which left her with an old mattress that was destroyed with springs poking through. Unfortunately, because she is on a fixed income, she could not afford a new bed on her own. At 91, Geraldine would love a comfortable bed that she can stretch out on and not be in pain. She always put others before herself, volunteering in her church for years, working with vacation bible school and as an usher. Thank you to Westmoreland Medical for donating the bed and Paula from Superior Home Care for making her wish happen!
Ardelle Robinson, 69, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had her wish to have her photography displayed at an art show granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Ardelle has been an ardent photographer since she was a young girl and always dreamed of having her photos displayed, but could not afford to do so on her own. The Allegheny County chapter arranged to have her photos professionally framed for this special show which was held at Ketchup City Creative in Sharpsburg, Pa. Thank you to Ketchup City Creative for donating the space for this special exhibit!
Twilight Wish Foundation arranged for Patches, a miniature horse from Jacob’s Mane of Hope, to spend the morning of Friday, May 18, 2018 visiting with many of the residents of Neshaminy Manor. The residents were delighted by his visit and all had the chance to pet him and ask questions of his handler. Equine therapy has been proven to improve the quality of life for seniors in nursing facilities, especially those suffering from loss, sickness or emotional stress.
Connie Stine, 69, had her wish to visit the Philadelphia Zoo with her sister granted during our Week of Wishes, thanks to the generosity of the Philadelphia Zoo. Connie, 69, is developmentally delayed and has participated in Special Olympics for years, winning many medals which she proudly displays in her room. In addition to her prized collection of medals, Connie has many stuffed animals in her room, including her favorite miniature tiger. She absolutely loves animals – she loves talking about them, watching them on television and coloring them in coloring books. Connie, her sister, Sharon Kunsky, and Luther Woods Activities Director, Randie Duretz, rode in style to the zoo in a stretch limo, courtesy of Twilight Wish. Also along for the ride were several of her favorite stuffed animals including her “baby” tiger. Once there, Connie received the royal treatment from the Philadelphia Zoo who not only donated tickets and arranged for her to feed the hippos, but escorted her around the zoo in a golf cart. Connie also was able to see her favorite animal, the tiger, and received a “mama” tiger for her baby tiger.
Lorette began employment at a very young age for the government. The war caused a shortage of fuel that left farmers exploring their options for harvest without gasoline-powered farm implements. Lorette was one of many Massachusetts teens hired for about four hours a day to harvest acres of carrots, beets, spinach, corn, and tomatoes. She then worked in a hospital helping wounded soldiers before finally working as a Navy machine manager.
This year is the 20th Anniversary of the National Rosie The Riveter Convention. It will be held in New Orleans from June 1-3rd. Lorette’s greatest wish would be to attend this special event and connect with other Rosies and Rosebuds. She will be accompanied by a caregiver. We need to raise about $2,100 to cover the transportation, lodging and convention costs. Please donate to help make her wish come true!
Wish ID: 3305