Samuel Taylor, a resident of Braddock, Pennsylvania, recently had his wish for a new queen size mattress granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Taylor, 80, is battling prostate cancer and recently had heart surgery. Because he lives on a fixed income, he could not afford this mattress which will greatly improve his quality of life. Samuel was a pastor and also ran a food bank and a shelter for the homeless and addicts. He was thrilled to have this wish granted.
Agnese Fraioli, a resident of Ocala, Florida, had her wish to have an Italian dinner with her family and friends at her favorite restaurant, Milano Italian Grille granted. Fraioli, 90, lives with her son, Bernardo, who is her caregiver. Her original wish was to travel to see family over the holidays, but she was recently diagnosed with a serious medical condition and can no longer travel. Instead, she was treated to dinner with friends and family at her favorite Italian restaurant. In addition, she and her son were transported in style in a stretch limo to and from the dinner. Thank you to Milano Italian Grille for generously donating the meals for this special wish. Thank you also to Walmart store #5326 for donating a sheet cake to celebrate Fraioli’s wish being granted.
Thirty seniors from the Hartford area were treated to a Hartford Yard Goats game, thanks to our Connecticut chapter and NBC CT/Telemundo. The seniors all had a great day! One senior threw out the first pitch and another sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.
The residents of Nazareth Home in Louisville had their wish for iPads granted, thanks to our newly-formed chapter in Louisville, Kentucky. Although some residents do have their own tablets, many others do not and wish to use one. Seniors benefit from the use of iPads for battling loneliness and isolation and staying connected with family and friends. This fall, Bellarmine University students will be using them to teach and interact with residents at Nazareth Home. This wish was funded thanks to a grant from ScanSource.
Betty Perrone, a resident of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, had her wish for a reclining lift chair granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Perrone, 91, lives alone and spends most of her time sitting and sleeping in her old recliner. She could not afford to replace her broken one on her own. She was overwhelmed and happy to have her wish granted!
Jean Griffin, a resident of Youngwood, Pennsylvania, had her wish for a new washer & dryer granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter. Griffin, 68, is the sole caregiver for her daughter who is in hospice care and needs to do laundry on a daily basis to take care of her daughter’s needs. Because she can’t leave her daughter alone, it is difficult for Griffin to go to the laundromat. They live on a fixed income and cannot afford to replace the appliances on their own. Having her wish granted will be a huge help to them both.
The elderly residents of Waterview Villa Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in East Providence recently had their wish to have a petting zoo visit their facility granted, thanks to our newly formed Rhode Island chapter. Many of these residents are veterans and all have spent their lives in community involvement and volunteer service to others. T & T Fun Farm brought their adorable animals to visit the residents on August 21, 2023. A huge thank you to T & T Fun Farm for greatly discounting the cost of the visit!
Marlene Keefe, a resident of Amston, Connecticut, had her wish for a lobster dinner for her and her husband in their home granted, thanks to our Connecticut chapter. Keefe, 86, was a school bus driver for over 25 years and was loved by all the children she drove. Since her retirement, she spends her time knitting blankets for her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Since the pandemic, it has become more difficult for she and her husband to dine out. Having her wish granted made her day!
Marlin Spellmeyer, a resident of Centennial, Colorado, had his wish to attend a Colorado Rockies game granted, thanks to our Colorado chapter. Spellmeyer, who is 85, is a huge Rockies fan but has not been able to attend a game in years. He has several medical issues and is wheelchair bound so it is difficult for him to get to a game. Spellmeyer worked in education and was a middle school principal for many years in Nebraska. His wish was granted on Sunday, August 20, 2023 when he and his family saw the Rockies play the White Sox.
Chester Smith, 73, a resident of Clairton, Pennsylvania, recently had his wish for a reclining lift chair granted by our Allegheny County chapter. He currently sleeps in his recliner because of several medical issues, but his current recliner was worn and no longer provided enough support. This new lift chair and pressure-relieving cushion will greatly improve his quality of life!
Please Note: Twilight Wish Foundation is registered in Pennsylvania as a nonprofit corporation and is a public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations made to grant open wishes are tax deductible. Twilight Wish Foundation will make every effort to ensure that donated funds go to the wish of your choice. If this is not possible, we will apply the funds to the most urgent and similar wish open at the time. Twilight Wish Foundation has final decision-making authority over the use of all donations.