In Harrison, Arkansas there is an 11-year-old girl named Ruby Chitsey whose mother is a nurse. Ruby likes to go with her mom to many of the nursing homes in the area and speak with the residents there. One day some time ago she became curious about what those residents might wish for; so she asked them. If they could have any three things, what would they be? The answers surprised the young girl who was expecting some extravagant items. Instead they mentioned simple things, electric razors, shoes, and snacks like Vienna sausages. She thought these were simple requests and she could fulfill them!
She also learned that many of the residents survive on a stipend of only $40 a week and often have to give up much. So she started a charity called, Three Wishes for Ruby’s Residents. Now, while her mom is caring for patients, Ruby goes room-to-room, jots down wishes and then sets out to grant those wishes. She also advocates for assistance for the elderly and hopes to spread her cause across the United States. In fact, according to her charity’s website, they are completing the necessary legal paperwork in states across America so that others may begin an official chapter of Three Wishes for Ruby’s Residents soon.
Ruby also has a GoFundMe to cover costs, and help fund the fight to increase the standard of living for those residents, which as of this posting has raised over $260,000 of its $300,000 goal. But again, no one is asking for a sports car. Her expenses are minimal, especially compared to the rewards. “It really lifts you, it really does,” she said. Ruby is satisfying a basic human need, to be remembered, to be cherished, that is what seniors are truly in need of. That is what Ruby brings every time she sets foot in a nursing home. Others could as well.
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Story and Image from CBS News.