Twilight Wish(es) for Cumberland senior

A new television for Michael. A simple wish for this 66 year old in Cumberland, Rhode Island. When that simple wish made itself known to the Twilight Wish Foundation, they went about making it a reality.

Michael had a huge smile and said “I feel like a kid on Christmas morning” when his wish was granted.

Michael Harten spent many years giving back to his community as a teacher and then working in the field of human services helping adults with disabilities. He retired after 35 years. Living alone now, on a fixed income, his old tube TV w/antenna had just a few channels and was dying. Michael said that today”enjoyment, entertainment from a new TV is more than a luxury….”. But on his limited income, he couldn’t manage to buy a new one, and have it put into his home. Today a television is a true lifeline, providing information, entertainment, but also companionship for those seniors or isolated people who can go for days and days with no interaction.

On May 10th, the Rhode Island chapter of the Twilight Wish Foundation, a national nonprofit organization, made Michael’s wish come true. Led by Jane Donnelly, director of the chapter, a new television made its way, funded by donations from across Rhode Island, when the group reached out with Michael’s wish – and need.

The group is actively seeking donations so they can continue to make twilight wishes come true across the state of Rhode Island for seniors in need. (Write RI Chapter in “Notes/Memo” section)

You can follow their wish granting stories at their local – FACEBOOK PAGE

The Twilight Wish Foundation is a national nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of seniors through intergenerational wish granting celebrations.  Since our founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 5,974 individual wishes to seniors throughout the U.S. Twilight Wish grants wishes to seniors who are over 65 years old and have an income of less than 200% of poverty level or who are residents of a nursing facility and cannot make their own wishes come true. If you would like to help make a senior’s heartfelt wish or lifelong dream come true, visit or call 215-230-8777 ext. 104. 

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