Senior Wishes bring joy to neighbors in their golden years

Posted at 7:21 PM, Apr 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-11 19:21:11-04

Senior Wishes is working to help seniors in our community check their biggest dreams off their bucket lists.

It's number one mission is to bring great joy our neighbors in their golden years.

Larusha Blakely, 87, and Charles Blakely Senior, 98, were granted a wish in November to visit family in California. They haven't seen this family in 25 years.

The couple have been married for nearly seven decades.

Senior wishes granted the two for a all paid trip to visit the five generations of family members in California. 

"Just because someone is aging doesn't mean that they don't have things that they want to do or place they want to go or people that they want to see," Wendy Miller Backman, Senior Wishes Executive Director, said.

Senior wishes makes dreams come true for low-income seniors. Since 2014, it has granted 148 wishes.

Senior Wishes is always looking for senior to grant wishes to. Before a wish is granted to a senior, he or she must meet these requirements:

- must be a resident of Western New York

- 65 years of age or older,

- recipients in a household of two or more must live on less than $44,000 a year or live in a care facility, and

- seniors do not need a medical diagnosis to apply.

The wishes are funded through the annual Sip Suds and Sweets fundraiser, which this year takes place on April 19th at Fox Run in Orchard Park. 

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