Mary Ann Baker and Bernice Kirk recently had their wish to visit the Phipps Conservatory and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter. Mary Ann and Bernice are roommates and great friends who share a love of gardening and an interest in dinosaurs. Mary Ann, 74, is a member of the Rosary Group and helps out with bingo and Bernice, 68, started a stroke support roup at Westmoreland Manor. Their wish was granted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
Georgia Richardson, a resident of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, recently had her wish to for a copy of “Gone with the Wind” granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County, PA chapter. Georgia was a librarian for many years. She never married and now lives in a nursing facility and has very little visitors. Georgia was nominated by her social worker who thought that having her wish granted would lift her spirits and make her feel less lonely. Our Westmoreland County chapter surprised Georgia with several books, including her favorite, “Gone with the Wind,” as well as lunch out at a local restaurant on May 29, 2017.
Ward Miller’s simple wish for a new lift chair was recently granted by our Westmoreland County chapter during our first annual Week of Wishes. Ward broke his right leg last November and worked hard to be released from a rehab center and able walk again with a walker. His lift chair at home no longer works and, without it, Ward can only sit on a kitchen chair or on his bed. Receiving his new lift chair will allow Ward to maintain his independence.
Our Westmoreland County chapter recently granted Michael Moore’s wish to go to a Pittsburgh Penguins game. Moore has had cerebral palsy since he was nine months old and is a permanent resident of a nursing facility. He is a faithful Penguins fan, but was never able to attend a sporting event. Michael is known in his facility for his positive outlook, kindness to others and big smile. Although he is younger than our usual recipients, he qualified for a wish because he lives permanently in a nursing facility. Members of our Westmoreland County chapter surprised him at his facility with Penguins merchandise and tickets for him and his mom for the game on March 3rd.
Our Westmoreland County chapter recently surprised Nelson Heckman with a birthday celebration. Nelson has been a resident of his nursing facility for over five years and always makes sure to remember staff and friends’ birthdays. His own birthday is February 28th and he always wants to celebrate his birthday, but his family never visits him. Westmoreland County chapter members made sure that this year’s birthday was a special one by treating him to a celebration at Eat’n Park.
Lucette Welsh, 80, recently had her wish for hearing aids granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter and the Miracle Ear Foundation. Welsh was in a car accident in 1987 and lost her hearing. Although she needed hearing aids, she couldn’t afford them on her limited income. Thanks to the generosity of the Miracle Ear Foundation, her wish was granted.
Robert Lane, 89, a resident of Scottdale, PA recently had his wish for motorized scooter granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter. Lane lives with his wife in senior housing who is also wheelchair bound. Lane is on oxygen 24/7 and gets out of breath easily when trying to use his manual wheelchair. Having a motorized scooter will greatly improve his quality of life.
Donna Thomas, a resident of West Newton, PA, recently had her simple wish for a new vacuum cleaner granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter. Thomas, 86, served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. She is now widowed and lives on her own. Thomas needed a new vacuuum cleaner, but couldn’t afford it on her own.
Marie Ruffin, 68, recently had her wish for a keyboard, stand and bench granted, thanks to the Westmoreland County chapter of Twilight Wish. Ruffin wished for a portable keyboard so that she could play music in local nursing homes which she loves to do. In her own words: “I love making people happy because it makes me happy when they see that someone cares.”
Mike and Marilyn Bidzila recently had their simple wish for a new sofa granted, thanks to the Westmoreland County chapter of Twilight Wish. Marilyn is unable to walk so spends the majority of her time in a wheelchair. They wished for a firm sofa so that she would be able to sit on it and not have to spend all her time in the wheelchair. Mike served as an Airman First Class in the Air Force and was involved in their community as a member of the Knights of Columbus. Their wish was granted on May 13, 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.