At the age of 86, Clara Parrish has lived a long, full life, but, she did have one regret. Years ago, Parrish was supposed to go on a trip with her girlfriends, but her husband wouldn’t let her go. According to Parrish, he thought she was too cute and that other men would flirt with her. So, she did not go, but, she always wished to have a night out with her friends before it’s too late. Her wish came true on Friday, July 11th when Parrish, her nominator, Mary Ann McFeely, and three of her friends enjoyed an oldies dinner cruise on the Gateway Clipper. Pictured, Clara with Allegheny County chapter volunteer Shelly Bastin.
Jim Miller, a 79-year-old veteran, had his wish to hear again granted, thanks to the Allegheny County chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation and Zounds Hearing. Miller, a resident of Portvue, Pennsylvania, lost his hearing at a young age because of an illness. Although he does use an amplifier, Miller still struggled to hear and could not carry on conversations with others, keeping him isolated from friends, family and others around him. As so many other seniors, Miller lives on a fixed income and cannot afford hearing aids on his own. Thanks to the generosity of Justin Braver, owner of Zounds Hearing Centers in Monroeville and South Hills, Miller received hearing aids. Miller was presented with a wish certificate at Zounds Hearing in Monroeville on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Gloria Dei Senior Communities and Twilight Wish Foundation worked together to fulfill a wish for the elderly residents of Delaware Valley Veterans Home in Philadelphia. As part of Gloria Dei’s CARE Community Outreach Program, residents in their Bucks and Montgomery county facilities raised funds over the past few months to purchase a new television for the veterans’ newly renovated rec center at the VA home. Representatives from Gloria Dei and Twilight Wish visited the facility to present the new television to the veterans on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Seven elderly residents of Neshaminy Manor, a nursing facility in Warrington, Pennsylvania, had their wish to go to a Phillies game granted, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation and the Phillies. All seven residents are lifelong Phillies fans, but, because of their limited financial means, cannot afford to go to a game on their own. These seven residents attended the Phillies vs. San Diego game on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Twilight Wish staff accompanied the residents and all enjoyed a wonderful day at the ballpark. The seniors had great seats and were treated to a ballpark lunch of hot dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, and burgers.
Ollie Clanton, 68, an Army veteran and resident of Gadsen, Alabama, who served during the Vietnam War, recently had his wish to reunite with his older sister who is ailing granted , thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation and Volpe and Koenig, P.C. Clanton, along with his niece, Teresa Clanton, traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in early June to see his sister Elaine Carnevale, 77. Although Clanton and his sister are close and talk on the phone frequently, they hadn’t seen each other in more than 15 years. With Carnevale in declining health and housebound, Clanton wanted to make the trip to see her before it is too late. While in Philadelphia, Clanton and his niece, Teresa Clanton, attended the annual West Point Society of Philadelphia Founders Day Banquet on Saturday, June 7th. Twilight Wish founder Cass Forkin presented Clanton with a wish certificate honoring him for his service during the banquet. This wish was funded through Volpe & Koenig’s 2013 IPromiseTM Charitable Giving Fund (IPromise). Twilight Wish was chosen as one of the two recipients of this annual grant in 2013. Pictured, Ollie with Twilight Wish founder, Cass Forkin.
Dorothy Cooper, 78, recently had her wish for hearing aids granted, thanks to our New Castle, PA/Youngstown, OH chapter and Centers for Hearing Care. Dorothy is a widow of five years; after her husband passed away, she had to give up their family home and now rents. She couldn't afford hearing aids on her own because of her limited income. Her hearing loss made her withdraw from others; she was afraid to be around others and not be able to hear what they were saying. She had trouble talking on the phone and could no longer hear the minister in church. Thanks to her new hearing aids, Dorothy will no longer "feel alone in a room with other people." Pictured: Dorothy with New Castle chapter director Tom Ford and Dr. Sheryl Figliano of the Centers for Hearing Care.
Louise Cassidy, 81, a resident of Summit Ridge Center in West Orange, New Jersey, had her wish to work with a Girl Scout troop on a badge granted on Friday, April 25, 2014. Cassidy taught elementary school at St. Rose Catholic School in Newark for over 23 years. She also volunteered for eight years as a den mother for St. Rose’s Cub Scout troop. Having spent a lifetime around children, Cassidy now misses the time participating in their emotional growth and development and would like to again be involved with children. Twilight Wish arranged for Cassidy to help the members of Pleasantdale Junior Girl Scout Troop #20274 work on their “Playing the Past” badge. Each troop member researched a period in time and shared it with the group with a poster and historically-correct paper doll. During the third and final troop meeting at Summit Ridge Center, troop members, their parents and Cassidy shared refreshments and learned about each Girl Scout’s period in time.
National Honor Society students from Avon Grove High School in West Grove, PA raised $1,000 over the past few months to grant the wishes of 20 elderly residents of Luther House in West Grove, Pennsylvania. Luther House is a low-income apartment complex for senior citizens. Sadly, the seniors’ greatest need is for food so the money raised by the students was used to purchase Giant gift cards for them. The participating students visited the apartment complex and distributed the gift cards to the grateful residents on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. This intergenerational wish-granting was arranged through Twilight Wish Foundation.
Elizabeth Znidarzich, 75, a resident of John Fraser Hall, a public housing complex in Turtle Creek, PA, recently had her wish to reunite with her sister granted by the Allegheny County chapter of Twilight Wish. Znidarzich volunteered for 12 years as a senior companion through the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging. Her wish was to visit her older sister who lives in a nursing facility in Texas; they have not seen each other since their mother passed away in 1979. She and her sister are no longer able to communicate by phone or letters now because of her sister's medical condition. Her wish was granted in late April.
Susan Davis, 75, a resident of John Fraser Hall, a public housing complex in Turtle Creek, PA, had her wish for a trip to her hometown granted, thanks to the Allegheny County chapter of Twilight Wish. Davis not only organizes events in her apartment building, but also volunteers at the local seniors' center, serving meals to others. Her wish to travel to her hometown of Huntington, West Virginia to see her only remaining family, her brother and niece, was granted in early April.
Lavonne Lyles has lived in New Castle, Pa. for most of her life. The widow of a veteran, Lyles enjoys gardening and volunteering with AMVETS in the community. She helped create and care for the community garden at the former I CARE House in New Castle and was a very active member of the senior program at the I CARE House, now known as Origins.
Her wish was to have the community garden plot restored and plant pumpkins for the children. This simple wish was granted on Earth Day, Saturday, April 26, 2014 as part of the Comcast Cares Day at Origins. Special thanks to Personal Touch Home Care for their generous donation for this wish. A special thank you to Angie Mohr of Cray Youth and Family Services and Christina Lope from the Origins Program for allowing us to be part of a great day! We would also like to thank the anonymous donor who contributed $500.
Alan Jefferson recently had his wish for new batteries for his power chair granted by our Tucson, Arizona chapter. Without his power chair, Jefferson was limited in his ability to get around his senior housing complex. Thanks to RxO2 Oxygen and Medical Equipment Supply Company who donated the batteries, Jefferson now has his independence and mobility back! Pictured: Alan with Rose Muzzy and Lisa Mach of the Tucson chapter.
Twilight Wish helped Jean Montgomery celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Golden LivingCenter in Doylestown. It was a wonderful day made even more special with all the beautiful birthday cards Jean received from well-wishers around the world!! She enjoyed three of her favorite things at the party: a hot dog, cake and a Budweiser!! Thank you to everyone who helped make this a special day for a special lady.
Katharyn Reid, 84, has been an avid Eagles’ fan for decades, even painting her living room “Eagles’ Green.” This mother of eight, grandmother of 13, great-grandmother to 17, with one more great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild on the way, is well known in her family for her loyalty to her beloved Eagles. In fact, there is “no chit-chatting allowed” by her during the games. Sadly, Reid is battling brain cancer and currently undergoing chemotherapy. To boost her spirits, her daughter, Nancy Sherlock, submitted a wish request on her behalf, writing that a visit from a Philadelphia Eagles’ player would provide a much-needed respite from her medical treatments. When the Eagles heard of Reid’s story, they jumped at the chance to brighten this deserving senior’s day and arranged to have Eagles great Mike Quick and an Eagles’ cheerleader visit Reid and make her wish come true. The Eagles’ organization also arranged to have Jeremy Maclin record a special video message just for Reid which was shown to her that day. During the visit, Quick called his broadcasting partner, Merrill Reese, and put him on speaker so that Reid could talk to him. Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles and Mike Quick for granting this special lady's wish!
Twilight Wish recently granted the wish of Paul Storm, 69, an avid fan of Nascar and the New York Giants and Mets. Storm served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and, upon returning home, remained involved by being a commander and active member of his local VFW. Until his recent diagnosis of terminal cancer, Storm worked in maintenance at Lafayette College for over 30 years. While he and his wife never had children of their own, the students at Lafayette became like his children. To boost his spirits, his social worker, Joanne Kozak, submitted a wish request on his behalf, writing that a visit from a New York Giants’ player would boost his spirits and give him something to look forward to. Although we weren't able to arrange a visit, Giants rookie Justin Pugh videotaped a personal message to Storm and sent him an autographed pair of training gloves which Storm loved. Sadly, Storm passed away a few days after his wish was granted.
Theresa Souter, 81, recently had her simple wish for an "It's A Small World" doll granted by our Tucson chapter. Souter has always loved the Disneyland ride and wished for the British doll. With it's red hair, it reminded her of herself when she was younger!
Thanks to a very generous donor, the members of the St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly Bell Choir had their wish granted!
The members of the choir have lived their lives in support of their families, their churches and their communities. They have all made sacrifices to care for others and are residents at St. Joseph's Home due to their financial needs. The choir practices weekly and performs at many events. They do not get the chance to leave the home very often and wish to go as a group to see a show at their local playhouse and enjoy a lunch together. We need to raise $1,000 to cover the cost of this outing. Please donate today to help make their wish come true!
Judy Goyer, 69, is a resident of an assisted living facility in Tucson. With only one computer available for over 300 residents, Judy wished for her own laptop to keep in touch with family members and pursue her interests such as crocheting, bible studies, and learning more about the Native Americans of New Mexico and Arizona. Thanks to the Tucson chapter of Twilight wish, Judy's simple wish came true just in time for Christmas!