Richard Gonzalez, 85, a resident of Millvale, Pennsylvania, recently had his wish for a lift chair granted by our Allegheny County chapter. Richard is an Air Force veteran and is the handyman in his senior high rise. He helps all residents in the building with that are in need. Richard’s current recliner lift chair broke and he could not afford to replace it on his own.
Connie McClain, 70, a resident of McClellandtown, Pennsylvania, recently had her wish for her own furnished apartment grated by our Fayette County chapter. Connie had been living with her niece and nephew and their six adopted children after being discharged from the nursing home after completing rehab. All she wanted was a place of her own. Connie’s wish was granted when she moved into her apartment in low-income senior housing, but she had very little furniture or household items. Together with her church family at the Uniontown Grace Brethren Church, the Fayette County chapter threw her a housewarming party!
Nancy Ryan, 79, a resident of Oil City, Pennsylvania, had her wish to travel to reunite with her sister in California granted. Nancy and her sister were very close growing up. As adults, they traveled together, but because of health issues and the pandemic, they haven’t seen each other in over ten years. Thanks to a generous donor, Nancy’s wish was granted!
Vincent Dobruck, 71, a resident of Hartford, Connecticut, recently had his wish for an iPad granted, thanks to our Central Connecticut chapter. Dobruck recently lost a dear friend and started taking computer classes at the local public library to lift his spirits. He wished for an iPad so that he could continue working at his home.
Charlotte Finnigan, 72, a resident of Pittsburgh, recently had her wish for a new stove granted by our Allegheny County chapter. Finnigan is helping her son raise her two grandsons and they often spend time at her home. She loves to cook for them, but needed a new stove. Because she lives on a fixed income, she could not afford one on her own. Finnigan was thrilled to receive her new stove!
Kathleen Elliott, 75, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, recently had her wish for furniture granted by our Allegheny County chapter. Because she lives on a very low, fixed income, Elliott had no furniture and had been sleeping on a cot. She was thrilled to receive furniture including a bed! Thank you to the Blessing Board for helping to grant this wish.
Norman Bramley, a resident of West Hartford, Connecticut, was honored with a 100th birthday celebration at the West Hartford town hall, thanks to our Central Connecticut chapter . Bramley, who turned 100 on August 17th, is a World War II veteran who served in the Air Force. He lives on his own and was nominated by a neighbor to make sure he was celebrated on this milestone. To honor him as he turns 100, the town of West Hartford threw him a big, patriotic celebration on Friday, August 26th at the town hall. In attendance were Eagle Scouts Sean Morley and Jack Lovejoy from West Hartford Troop 163 who presented Bramley with 100 birthday cards from the local Boy and Girl Scout troops and members of the Conrad and Hall high school bands under the direction of Avery Allen who performed. In addition, Bramley was presented with a proclamation honoring him by Mayor Shari Cantor. Ilana Brown sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.” Finally, Fiona Egan of the West Hartford Quilters presented Bramley with an American Pride quilt. Special thanks to Moe Fradette, a member of American Legion Hayes-Velhage Post 96, for donating drinks and to Stop & Shop for donating a sheet cake for the celebration.
Richard McGriff, 73, a resident of Hartford, CT, recently had his wish for a new full size bed and bedding granted, thanks to our Central Connecticut chapter. McGriff lives on his own in low-income senior housing and could not afford to replace his old bed on his limited income. He was thrilled to receive his new bed!
Older adult residents of Florence Home Health Care Center, Royale Oaks Assisted Living and House of Hope Assisted Living and Memory Care in Omaha, Nebraska, had their wish for ten robotic pets and ten tablets granted, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation. Studies have shown that using robotic, lifelike pets in dementia care contributes to a reduction in loneliness and anxiety for those seniors. In addition, communicative technologies such as tablets allow seniors to have more face time with their families which is beneficial on many levels, especially during COVID and times of isolation. Many of these residents are Veterans who have served in wartime, and these items will benefit them and improve their quality of life.
“We are not only fighting a COVID pandemic but also a pandemic of loneliness among older adults in which both robotic pets and tablets may help provide some relief or a reduction in unwanted symptoms,” states April Hauf, Director of Social Service, Florence Home Healthcare Center. “With the addition of robotic pets, we hope and expect to see a reduction in stress levels and improved moods, as well as providing both comfort and companionship to combat loneliness.”
Mary Jo Davis, 88, a resident of Newton, Massachusetts, had her wish for hearing aids granted, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation. Mary Jo had needed hearing aids for years, but because she is on a fixed income, she could not afford them on her own. Thanks to the generosity of True North Hearing and Alpaca Audiology, her wish was granted on August 19, 2022.
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.