Judy Elliott, a resident of Holly Springs Senior Citizens Home in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, had her simple wish for a lift chair of her own, granted, thanks our Western North Carolina chaptert. Elliott, 78, has been a resident of Holly Springs since 2017 when her husband passed away and she could no longer care for herself. She spends most of her time in a chair in the day room there, next to her best friend, Wanda. Elliott’s wish is for a chair of her own that she does not have to share with others; this would give her a sense of pride and ownership. This was the first wish granted by the western North Carolina chapter. Thank you to Smith’s Drugs of Forest City for helping to grant this wish!
Barbara Hardy, a resident of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, recently had her wish for a reclining lift chair granted. She fell earlier this year and has difficulty sleeping in her hospital bed. Hardy, 88, is working hard to rehab and, hopefully, will be able to walk again soon. This chair will assist her in that, improving her quality of life! Hardy has volunteered with her church for over 52 years, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir and making floral arrangements for the altar. Thank you to AmeriGlide NEPA for helping us grant this wish!
Frederick George, a resident of Torrington, Connecticut, had his wish for a book signing granted, thanks to our Connecticut chapter. George, 90, has end-stage renal disease and requires daily dialysis. His beloved wife, Joan, passed away in 2021. With the help of his daughter, he wrote a book about their love story online and they printed copies of it. George is very proud of My Life Story and wishes to have a book signing so that he can share how special his wife was with others. He served in the Army and worked hard his whole life to provide for his family of four daughters. George was also very involved in his community and has been a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Torrington for over 75 years. He also volunteered with FISH for years, making food and distributing holiday meals. His wish for a book signing was granted on Saturday, November 4, 2023.
Carmen Melecio, a resident of Allentown, Pennsylvania, recently had her wish for a reclining lift chair granted. Melecio, 74, has several medical issues and recently broke her arm so she is not able to sleep in her bed. She only has a 16-year-old futon to sit and sleep on and it is causing bedsores. In addition, she has swelling in her legs and was told she should sleep with her legs elevated. Because she lives on a fixed income, Melecio cannot afford a reclining lift chair on her own. This is the first Lehigh Valley wish granted thanks to bingo fundraisers hosted by Lehigh Valley Aging in Place members Mary Ann Pickell and Carol Frawley of Care Patrol of Lehigh Valley; Maria Santacoloma agent/owner of United Healthcare, and Sherri Bell Ogada of Fox Rehabilitation. Thank you to Cliff Mailloux of AmeriGlide Lehigh Valley for discounting the cost of the lift chair.
Michele Gillon, a resident of Sunnyview Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Butler, had her wish to dress up like a bride and have a Halloween party at her facility granted, thanks to our Butler County chapter. A long-time resident of her facility, Gillon is known for being fun-loving and is a favorite of everyone there. Although disabled, she communicates with others through her smile, laughter and arm movements. Thanks to the Butler County chapter, Gillon dressed up like a bride and her wheelchair was decorated like a carriage for the surprise Halloween party for the residents there.
James Castellari, a resident of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, recently had his wish for a lift chair granted by our Westmoreland County chapter. Castellari, 70, has difficulty getting up from a seated position. Since he lives on a fixed income, he could not afford a lift chair on his own. Having this simple wish granted will greatly improve his quality of life.
Denise Natzic, a resident of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, recently had her wish for a washer and dryer granted by our Butler County chapter. Natzic, 65, was very grateful to have this simple wish granted!
Kathy Shomo, 71, a resident of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, had her wish for a new winter coat, hat and gloves granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Shomo is very generous to others, especially her children and grandchildren. She needed a new winter coat but because she is on a limited budget, could not afford one on her own. Shomo was thrilled and enjoyed her shopping trip!!
Nina Young, a resident of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, had her wish for household items such as pots and pans, a microwave, a sweeper and towels granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter.
Nina Bartolozzi, 67, a resident of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, had her wish for a portable air conditioner granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter. Bartolozzi was a nurse for 45 years and now suffers from COPD. She needs cooler air in order to breathe well, but the air conditioning in her building gets turned off in mid-October. Having this air conditioner will greatly improve her 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.