The Twilight Wish Foundation is a 501 (c) (3)
non-profit organization that enriches the lives of elders by
granting individual wishes and planning special group celebrations.
To qualify, elders must be 68 years of age or older, and have an
income of less than 150% of the poverty level. The Twilight Wish
Foundation also raises awareness on elder care issues through
sponsorship of education programs in the community and through the
inclusion of educational articles on the organization website.
Twilight Wish Foundation was founded in Bucks
County, Pennsylvania in 2003. Chapters also exist in Florida, Ohio,
California, Illinois, Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh area), Long
Island, New York, Arizona and New Jersey. The eventual goal is to
have a Twilight Wish Foundation chapter in every state.
Wishes that are granted can be as simple as
providing a pair of gloves to someone in need to providing the
expenses needed for someone to take a river cruise with their
family. The sky is the limit when it comes to granting a wish. One
woman needed a tombstone marker for her son’s grave, and Twilight
Wish was able to convince a company that makes the markers to donate
the material and the labor. Another woman was able to ride the
zamboni during an intermission at a Philadelphia Flyers Hockey game.
A Philadelphia resident recently had her life long wish granted when
she rode on a float in the 2006 Thanksgiving Day parade in that
city. A New Jersey woman recently celebrated her 78th birthday by
riding in a bi-plane. Arrangements were made for an 84 year old
gentleman who lives in the Bradenton, Florida area to spend the day
with a former Chicago Cubs manager. A lifelong fan of the team, he
just wanted to talk Cubs baseball with someone who was associated
with the team. An older woman who lives in a Fort Myers, Florida
Assisted Living facility received two hearing aids from the Twilight
Wish Foundation, and this has resulted in having her be able to
participate in social activities at the facility, thus greatly
improving her overall quality of life. Another Fort Myers older
woman had her wish granted in February, 2007 when she went to see
the Stars on Ice skating show at Germain Arena and she met with the
skaters after the performance. These are just a few examples of the
wishes that have been granted.
The Twilight Wish Foundation is looking for
volunteers to help in sponsoring and granting wishes for elders and
for sponsors to help grant the wishes. If you are interested in
volunteering for Twilight Wish, or if you know of someone who has a
wish and might be eligible for the program, please contact Executive
Director Cass Forkin toll free at 1-877-TWF-WISH (893-9474) or visit
In addition to serving as the Florida Regional
Director for the Twilight Wish Foundation, Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW
is an independent geriatric social worker consultant and trainer.
She is also a writer, and has had numerous articles published in
local and national magazines, focusing on elder care and family care
issues. Licensed in the states of Connecticut, New York and Florida,
she currently lives in Fort Myers, Florida.
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