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Orpah V., 79, Pittsburgh, PA

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 M., 74, Braddock, PA

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.

Leonard P., 78, Pittsburgh, PA

Leonard Peluso, 78, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, had his wish for a washer and dryer granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Peluso has severe COPD and is on oxygen 24/7.  A Vietnam veteran, he is in hospice care. Peluso and his wife have very little resources and no family or friends to help with their laundry.  Because they cannot afford a car, it is a hardship for them to go to the laundromat. Having a washer and dryer in their home will allow hospice staff do do laundry for them while visiting.

Mary J., 96, Braddock, PA

Mary Johnson, 96, a resident of Braddock, PA, had her wish for a large face clock granted, thanks to our Allegheny County, PA chapter.  Johnson lives in senior housing on her own.  The clock will be helpful for her to keep track of the date and time for her medical appointments. Her wish was granted on January 7, 2020.

Grace L., 101, Pittsburgh, PA

Grace Lynn, who recently turned 101, will have her wish for a birthday party with friends and family granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Lynn, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, turned 101 on December 18th. She was nominated by her 86-year-old daughter-in-law, Audrey Woods. Lynn still lives on her own in Homewood House which is subsidized senior living and helps serve coffee for other tenants in the building.   The Allegheny County chapter planned a special birthday party for Lynn complete with balloons, coffee and a birthday cake!

Thomas M., 77, Pittsburgh, PA

Thomas Michak, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, had his wish for a portable air conditioner granted, thanks to our Allegheny County, PA chapter.  Michak lives in a senior high rise and is not allowed to have a window unit.  Because he is on oxygen 24/7, he needs cool air in order to breathe easier.  His wish was granted on December 13, 2019.

Gerald C., 71, Verona, PA

Gerald Cleland, a resident of Verona, PA, recently had his wish for a new radio/CD player granted, thanks to our Allegheny County, PA chapter. Cleland, 71, lives alone and is housebound. He loves to play his old CDs but his old CD player broke and he could not afford to replace it on his fixed income. His wish was granted on November 7, 2019.

Ruth J., 75, Braddock, PA

Ruth Jeffries, a resident of Braddock, PA, recently had her wish for a lift chair granted, thanks to our Allegheny County, PA chapter. Jeffries has two bad knees and spinal stenosis leaving her with daily pain and limited mobility. Having her wish for a lift chair granted will greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to remain independent. Jeffries was always involved in the community, serving as an associate minister at her church and providing ministry to prisoners in jail. She also served as President of the tenant council at her apartment complex. Her wish was granted on October 18, 2019.

Raymond R., 78, Turtle Creek, PA

Raymond Roush, a resident of Turtle Creek, PA, had his simple wish for a sit up bar granted, thanks to our Allegheny County, PA chapter. Roush, 78, an Army veteran, is dedicated to staying fit and healthy, despite being an amputee. Having the sit up bar will allow him to continue to exercise and build his strength. Roush has been very involved in the community for years, serving as a volunteer fire fighter in Latrobe and is on the resident council at this facility. His wish was granted on October 2, 2019.

Ida G., 73, Pitcairn, PA

Ida Green, 73, a resident of Pitcairn, PA, recently had her wish for a lift chair granted, thanks to our Allegheny County, PA chapter. Ida purchased a used lift chair many years ago but it is now falling apart.  Because she lives on a fixed income, she couldn’t afford to replace it on her own. Ida volunteers at her building’s food bank and helps other residents clean their apartments when they need to move out.  She also knits blankets for her local hospital.  Her wish was granted on August 19th.