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Serve a Senior this Summer -- And Help the Kindness Catch On

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The Twilight Wish Foundation is determined to help make the world a nicer place to age.

And this summer, it has a wonderful way for all of us to help.

In honor of June being designated "Twilight Wish Foundation Month" in Pennsylvania, the national nonprofit, which is based in Bucks County, Pa., asks everyone to do a spontaneous act of kindness for an elder -- visit a housebound neighbor, drive a friend to the doctor, treat an elderly relative to lunch.

And when you do that good deed, email Twilight Wish so they can tally up acts of kindness. (Go to www.twilightwish.org and enter a comment on the FaceBook link on the left side of the homepage).

Twilight Wish started seven years ago with a spontaneous act of kindness when its founder, Cass Forkin, anonymously treated three elderly diners to lunch.

Today, the organization has granted more than 1,400 wishes for the deserving, low-income seniors in 35 states and has 13 chapters of volunteers.

The state designation, sponsored by State Representative Marguerite Quinn, honors the work that Twilight Wish has done throughout the Commonwealth in enriching the lives of many seniors through individual wish granting, advocacy for senior issues, and intergenerational programs.

Twilight Wish grants senior wishes to those who are over 68 years old and have an income of less than twice the poverty level or who are residents of a nursing home. If you are interested in making a senior's wish or lifelong dream come true, visit www.twilightwish.org or call 1-215-230-8777 ext. 101.