An Elderly Wish serves seniors ages 60 and older in Contra Costa County. It began in 2000 to grant wishes to terminally ill seniors. Monetary donations can be made via Paypal on the group's website at www.elderlywish.org or mailed to An Elderly Wish Foundation, P.O. Box 4365, Antioch, CA, 94531-4365.
Airline miles are the organization's biggest expense, and the most needed. Gift baskets, gift certificates, time shares and gas cards are welcome. Donations of cars (running or not) are also accepted. To request a wish, download and fill out a wish application on the website.
The group is one of a a number of senior wish-granting organizations in the country. National and international groups include:
Forever Young Senior Wish is based in Tennessee. Forever Young grants wishes specifically to senior veterans 65 and older. www.foreveryoungseniorwish.org.
Wish of A Lifetime was established by Olympic skier and former NFL football player Jeremy Bloom to honor his grandmother. Wish of A Lifetime serves seniors 65 and over. To find out more about the organization's Wish Connect program, visit www.seniorwish.org/volunteer.
Twilight Wish Foundation is one of the nation's largest wish-fulfillment organizations and serves elderly people 68 and older who earn less than twice the poverty level annually, or who live in a nursing facility. The group has chapters in Barstow and Southern California. www.twilightwish.org.
Seniors Have Dreams Too is a Connecticut-based organization that grants wishes to seniors 70 or older with an annual income at or below the poverty level. www.seniorshavedreams.org
Seniors Having One Wish (S.H.O.W.) Foundation is headquartered in Murrieta. The nonprofit grants wishes to seniors 68 years or older. www.showfoundation.org.
Second Wind Dreams was formed in 1997. Second Wind Dreams in Marietta, Ga., grants more than 1,000 wishes a year to the elderly in the U.S. and Canada. www.secondwind.org.
-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff