Harold Tweed, 73, had his wish for a PlayStation 5 game system and video games granted, thanks to our Long Island chapter. Tweed is an Air Force veteran who is disabled and homebound. His wife, Christine, is his caregiver and they rarely leave their home. Tweed wished for a PlayStation5 so that they could send time together with their grandkids and with each other. Before becoming disabled, he loved to play golf and being able to play a golf video game will bring him enjoyment while he deals with his medical issues. Thanks to a generous donor, his wish was granted on Monday, January 30th at 4 pm.
Ron Matonti, a resident of Medford, New York, had his wish for restaurant gift cards granted, thanks to our Long Island chapter. Matonti, 76, is an Army veteran who has congenital heart failure and is homebound. Because of this, he relies mostly on canned foods that are delivered to him from a local food pantry. His wish was to receive restaurant and food delivery gift cards so that he can order fresh food instead of just eating canned foods. Matonti was nominated by Melanie Corinne, the project coordinator for the Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Project in Suffolk County. Long Island Chapter Director James Ciervo and Corinne delivered the gift card basket to Matonti on Friday, December 17th at his Medford home. This wish was made possible thanks to the generosity of many donors.
Our Twilight Wish Foundation – Long Island, NY Chapter granted Harry’s wish for a new laptop last week! Harry, 86, lives in a 4th floor walkup in New York City and is homebound due to several worsening medical issues. For many years, he had his own business in Chelsea creating custom guitar amp modifications and a line of speakers. Harry prides himself on working with every rock group you can name! He would love to reconnect with past clients and do some freelance work. Having a new laptop will enable him to do this!
Danielle Weinstein, a resident of New York, NY, recently had her wish for a recumbent exercise bicycle granted, thanks to our Long Island, NY chapter. Weinstein, 73, lives on her own on a fixed income. She is currently going through physical therapy and wants to be able to exercise through the winter so she can remain fit and try to maintain her balance and walking.
Dorothy Delia, 86, a resident of West Babylon, NY, recently had her wish for dental work granted, thanks to our Long Island chapter. Delia needed dental work done badly. She hadn’t been able to afford to go to the dentist since she retired and lost her dental insurance. She had begun to lose her teeth and could only eat soft foods. Delia worked and volunteered for the Salvation Army for over 20 years. She also did intake after 9-11 and is very involved in her church. Thanks to a generous donor, her wish for dental work was granted!
Patricia Holub, 72, a resident of New York City, recently had her wish for a new stove granted, thanks to our Long Island, NY chapter. Holub is a retired social worker who has been blind since birth. She had been using a two burner electric hot plate because she could not afford a new stove on her own. She also desperately needed pots & pans, cooking utensils etc. Because of her medical issues and income level, she qualifies for 24/7 live in Medicaid covered care. Her caretakers are willing and eager to make her healthy, home cooked meals instead of having to rely on already prepared or processed foods. Her wish was granted on January 4, 2020.
Gerald Busby, 82, had his wish for a new computer granted, thanks to our New York chapter. Busby is an accomplished composer who is best known for his work on “A Wedding,” “3 Women,” and “The Pilot.” He is now primarily homebound and spends most of his time writing music. Unfortunately, his computer is outdated and obsolete and he needs a new one to continue his work. Because he lives on a limited income, he cannot afford one on his own. Thanks to generous donors, his wish was granted on October 17, 2018.
Our Long Island, New York chapter recently granted Betty Johnson’s wish for a reclining lift chair and a new mattress. Betty suffers from back pain and had been sleeping in a chair that did not recline. She was thrilled to receive both a new reclining lift chair and a new mattress which will improve her quality of life.
Dora Baranoff, 80, a resident of New York, recently had her simple wish for an electric wheelchair granted by our Long Island, New York chapter. Dora is a bilateral amputee who volunteers 6-7 days a week at a local nursing facility. This very deserving lady was thrilled to have her wish granted!
Jim Fouratt, 75, a resident of New York City, had his simple wish for a new bicycle granted, thanks to the New York chapter of national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation. Jim relies on his bike to navigate the city, to get to his doctor appointments and as a way to keep fit. Recently, his bike was stolen and, because he lives on a fixed income, he couldn’t afford to replace it on his own. Jim has a long history of community involvement in many issues including the anti-war movement and the gay liberation movement. He was nominated by his social worker who wrote that “a new bicycle is a vital necessity that will also help revitalize his spirit.” His wish was granted on Saturday, November 19, 2016.
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.