Weekly Feature

2018-06-07 / Business

Group looking to grant wishes for low-income seniors

Senior Wishes, an organization aimed at granting wish requests of low-income senior citizens, is looking to help others in Western New York.

According to the organization’s leaders, Senior Wishes is the only area program dedicated to enriching the lives of deserving seniors by granting meaningful wishes.

“Senior Wishes was created to recognize that our aging seniors still have things they want to do, places they want to go or people they want to see,” said Senior Wishes Executive Director Wendy Miller Backman. “We transform those dreams into a reality.”

The organization, which will be granting its 150th wish this summer, strives to grant more wishes to seniors in 2018. In addition to special outings, previous senior wishes have included a new sewing machine, a new tape deck to serve as a DJ at parties, and small household items or craft/hobby supplies.

Wish recipients must be 65 years old or older and a resident of Erie or Niagara County. The recipient must also have an annual income of less than $38,000 for a household of one. Those living in a two-person household or residing in a permanent-care facility must have an income of less than $44,000. Applicants also need to be cognitively, emotionally and physically capable of communicating and experiencing the wish and unable to fulfill the wish on their own.

To apply for a wish, visit www.seniorwishes.org or call 508-2121.

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