Our Westmoreland County chapter recently granted Loretta Ferguson’s wish for a laptop computer. Thanks to help from EXCELA Health, Loretta can now get back to surfing the world wide web. She enjoys keep up with all her Facebook friends, searching YouTube for recipes and paying her bills online. She loves the her new wireless mouse and memory foam mouse pad too! She said she is actually looking forward to the winter months because thanks to her new laptop she can stay connected to the world.
Roseanne Palka, a resident of Grundy Hall in Doylestown, PA, recently had her wish for an upwalker granted, thanks to funding received from The Provident Bank Foundation. Palka, 72, has several medical conditions including arthritis and spinal stenosis. Her doctor prescribed an upwalker, which because of it’s upright design, allows the user to maintain good posture while still providing support while walking. Unfortunately, Medicare doesn’t cover the cost of the upwalker. Palka lives on a fixed income and can’t afford it on her own. Thanks to funding received from The Provident Bank Foundation, her wish was granted on July 19, 2018.
Rosemary Hottenstein, 72 a resident of Cape May, New Jersey, recently had her wish for a new sofa granted. Because she lives on a fixed income, she could not afford to replace any of the old, used furniture she has had for years. Thanks to Raymour & Flanigan for discounting the cost of the sofa and to funding received from The Provident Bank Foundation, we were able grant Rosemary’s wish.
Our Butler County chapter recently granted ValGean’s wish for a new piano. ValGean has been playing the piano for 80 years and is a very talented pianist and organist. She was the pianist and organist for 11 years at Hannahstown Road Baptist Church in Cabot and at Concordia Lutheran Ministries for many years. Until recently, she also volunteered her talents at a local nursing facility. Unfortunately, her old piano in her home was broken and unable to be repaired. ValGean really missed being able to play her beloved hymns at home and wished for a new piano. Our Butler County provided her with a new keyboard that will allow her to continue to play and help ease her loneliness and boredom.
Our Birmingham, Alabama chapter delivered gift baskets to the 40 residents of The Cottages at Mt. Brook, an assisted living facility in Birmingham, AL.
Thanks to several generous donors, we were able to grant Wilma’s wish to visit her daughter in North Carolina. Wilma lives in Pennsylvania and has not seen her daughter in over two years. Her daughter is battling stage 3 breast cancer and is very sick and unable to travel. Because she lives on a fixed income, she could not afford the travel costs on her own.
Sue Criscitiello, 97, a resident of Clark Nursing and Rehabilitation in Clark, NJ, had her wish to have lunch at Red Lobster and visit the Newark Museum granted, thanks to our New Jersey chapter. Sue worked for New Jersey Bell in Newark and Elizabeth for over 42 years and often went to the theater and museums on the weekends during that time. Now that she is older and lives in a facility, she doesn’t have the opportunity to do either. Sue and her friend enjoyed a seafood lunch at Red Lobster and then toured the museum. Special thanks to the Newark Museum for donating the tickets and to On-Time Transporation for donating the cost of transportation.
Thanks to the generous students at the University of Nevada, Reno, we were able to grant the wish of Lois Glenn, 91, a resident of Reno, NV. Lois is very hard of hearing and needed an adaptive telephone with strobe lighting and a signaler device. Receiving this equipment will allow her to communicate with others more easily and participate more fully in her daily life. Lois is very active in the Reno Senior Center where she has been involved with the annual Senior Games and has played bean bag baseball for many years. In addition, over the years, she has made and donated many afghan blankets to the American Heart Association.
Geraldine Miller, 91, a resident of Clairton, Pennsylvania, had her wish for a new mattress granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Geraldine is a very sweet woman who has been sleeping in her recliner for months. She was once on hospice where they provided a hospital bed and mattress. Once she “graduated” (no longer met the Medicare criteria) from hospice, they had to remove their equipment, which left her with an old mattress that was destroyed with springs poking through. Unfortunately, because she is on a fixed income, she could not afford a new bed on her own. At 91, Geraldine would love a comfortable bed that she can stretch out on and not be in pain. She always put others before herself, volunteering in her church for years, working with vacation bible school and as an usher. Thank you to Westmoreland Medical for donating the bed and Paula from Superior Home Care for making her wish happen!
Ardelle Robinson, 69, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had her wish to have her photography displayed at an art show granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Ardelle has been an ardent photographer since she was a young girl and always dreamed of having her photos displayed, but could not afford to do so on her own. The Allegheny County chapter arranged to have her photos professionally framed for this special show which was held at Ketchup City Creative in Sharpsburg, Pa. Thank you to Ketchup City Creative for donating the space for this special exhibit!