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Robert Smillie with his new carpeting. Top left: what his floor used to look like. Bottom left: What the floor looks like now.
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Robert Smillie with his new carpeting. Top left: what his floor used to look like. Bottom left: What the floor looks like now.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Twilight Wish Foundation Grants 73-Year-Old Veteran's Wish Of New Carpet

Posted Jul. 31, 2013, 8:52 am

Mitch James / Mirror Contributor

Robert Smillie, a 73 year-old Army veteran, had his simple wish for new carpeting granted, thanks to the Southern California chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation, based in Santa Monica. 

Smillie, who is a disabled amputee with a prosthetic leg, spends most of his time in his home. 

The carpeting in his home was worn and frayed, with many holes.

His wife, Carol, who nominated him for the wish was afraid that he would trip and fall.

This wish was granted on July 24, 2013 thanks to the generosity of the staff of Sierra Hall at the University of Nevada in Reno who raised the money to grant this wish and to The Home Depot of Apple Valley who discounted the cost of the new carpeting for the Smillie’s.

Southern California chapter co-directors Kelly Shemonis and Crista Sullivan were there for the carpet installation and to present Smillie with a wish certificate.

“Your kindness cannot be expressed in words,” said Carol Smillie.  “When you spend 90 percent of your time in your home, having new carpeting is very special.”

Twilight Wish Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that grants wishes to seniors who are over 68 years old and have an income of less than 200 percent of poverty level annually, or who are permanent residents of a nursing facility. 

The mission of Twilight Wish Foundation is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving elders through wish granting celebrations that connect generations.

Since our founding in 2003, Twilight Wish Foundation has fulfilled the wishes of over 1,927 seniors, thanks to volunteers, corporate and community involvement and donations. 

For more information on the Southern California chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation, visit the website at www.twilightwish.org or call 310.314.3980.

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