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.
Joyce Elias, 75, a resident of Jeannette, PA, recently had her wish for a lift chair granted by our Westmoreland County chapter. Elias is battling lung cancer and has severe osteoporosis. She is in constant pain and wished for a lift chair that would enable her to have more mobility without severe pain. Elias worked in healthcare for over 41 years and particularly loved going beyond her job description to help others. Having a lift chair will greatly improve her quality of life.
Legendary Philadelphia disc jockey, Jerry Blavat, the “Geator with the Heater,” paid a visit to the residents of Luther Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation in Hatboro on Sunday, March 8, 2020, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation. Blavat emceed a fun 50s and 60s- themed sock hop for the residents there who had no idea he’d be hosting their event. Although the majority of the residents are wheelchair bound, Blavat managed to get them singing, tapping their feet and clapping their hands to the familiar tunes of their youth. This wish was made possible by a generous donation from Carol and Jack Lieberman.
Loretta has volunteered with the Diabetes Association as the head of fundraising. She also served as Treasurer and Fundraising Chair for the Pittsburgh Symphony South. Due to her hearing loss, she is feeling isolated and misses the ability to enjoy many activities. She loves spending time with her grandchildren but she can no longer hear what they are saying. She also misses hearing the birds sing! She lives on a limited income and cannot afford the cost of hearing aids.
Many of the senior residents at Century Plaza have hearing and vision impairments. At their meetings and social events, these residents are hesitant to attend because they cannot hear or see what is going on. Their Service Coordinator wishes for a large pull-down screen, a projector and a cordless microphone to enhance these activities so they are accessible to all. They would love to have “socially distant” movie nights and other entertainment.
Kathy is active member of her parish, Catholic Daughters of America. She loves participating in and helping with the senior club functions. Her friends describe her as being so hardworking and humble. She has trouble hearing which is affecting her ability to participate in her church fully. It would mean so much for her to get hearing aides. She lives on a fixed income and cannot afford to get them herself.
Diane Jennings, 70, a resident of Media, PA, had her wish for a reclining chair granted, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation. Because of her medical condition, she needs a comfortable recliner that she can sleep in and elevate her legs. Having her wish granted will definitely improve her quality of life.
Marlene Saloom, 82, a resident of Mt. Pleasant, PA, had her wish for a new stairlift granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County, PA chapter. Saloom’s old stairlift is over 25 years old and the parts are now obsolete. She has 28 steps in her home and cannot manage them due to her health issues. A big thank you to A+ Stairlifts who donated both the labor and parts for her new stairlift.
Vera Puterbaugh, a resident of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, had her wish for a new heater for her home granted, thanks to Twilight Wish and All Seasons Comfort Control. Puterbaugh, 74, lives alone in a mobile home. Her heater no longer works and needs to be replaced, but she cannot afford to pay for it on her own. She had been using a space heater to heat her home which is unsafe. Thanks to All Seasons Comfort Control who donated the labor and installed the heater on February 4th, her wish was granted. Pictured: Chris Long of All Seasons Comfort Control with Michelle Bowren, Director of Wish Management.