Three Wishes for Ruby's Residents

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Ruby's Residents - A Powerful Story About the Power of Kindness

This is the story of Ruby Kate, an 11 year old raising money to help thousands of nursing home patients who are low on family and low on funds.

The government funds over half of our nursing home patients in the US . These patients are allotted $40 cash/month for "extras" - anything not covered under room and board. A haircut is “extra.” Taking care of your dog is "extra." If they don’t have family that can cover the gaps, they go without. Ruby Kate is here to tell you that these things are not “extra”. She says, “these extras are the things that make life sweeter.”


Ruby Kate’s project was sparked by a lady named Pearl.

Ruby Kate explains, "One day as my mom and I were leaving the nursing home, a patient named Pearl was glued to the exit doors staring for a long time at something. I figured whatever it was must be pretty exciting because I hadn’t seen anything exciting all day. So I hurried to catch up to her before whatever this was disappeared. I thought maybe it was a baby bird? A wreck in the parking lot? Ambulance?

I get up there and there is a normal dog being led out on a leash to a car by a normal lady. That was it! Boring. I asked her what was going on and she said that was her dog of 12ish years. The dog had come to visit for the day and she was staring at the door because she didn’t know the next time she would see her dog again.

Pearl’s face was so sad.  I thought of all the things in this world Pearl could have, she would probably just ask for more visits with her dog. I know it costs $12 for a pet sitter/visit. I’m eleven and I have enough money saved in my piggy bank to get Pearl a few visits with her dog."

This moment led to my project of “Three Wishes” and I started to raise money help these patients get more “extras” than their $40 dollars can buy.



This summer I took a notebook with me to the nursing homes and I asked the residents “if I could bring you 3 things in the whole world, what would those be?” (It’s a lot different than asking kids my age that question because the answers I get are things the rest of us already have loads of.) The first patient just looked at me and said “I want some pants that fit.” I saw then that his pants were really tight around his big belly. He totally needed pants.

The next lady was always needing to use the phone at the nursing station to call her loved one. She would sit there in public, often crying, having a private phone call in front of all the staff on the facility phone about her life. All she wanted from me was her own phone. She didn’t even ask for 2 other things. Another lady wanted a warmer blanket for her bed, some wanted pet food (so many want pet food and services) and McDonald’s French fries, new shoes and even Cheetos.


So many women had what my mom calls “correctable” hearing problems but couldn’t afford a hearing device to help them hear visitors, family, the TV. A lady in a wheelchair said she’d do anything to be taken to “Whitewater” water park for a day to watch the kids play.

I have a notebook filled with their wishes. I hope you will help me make them come true”


Ways to help:
- Make a donation- 5$ is fantastic! Everything helps. 5$ buys a lot of pet food
- Ruby Kate has a wish list on Amazon.com- Three Wishes for Ruby’s Residents
http://smile.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3MQ1S89BENZIG

You can send donation items found on Ruby Kate's Amazon wish list here:
Ruby Kate/Ozark Geriatrics
PO Box 1546
Harrison, AR 72602

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A mere “thank you” doesn’t seem enough. We are humbled and really have the deepest gratitude for the donations and the attention that this project has received! To everyone who has contributed or shared, we appreciate you!

The Ruby Kate Update:
Ruby Kate is shocked and happy, but also perplexed that anyone finds her normal life to be anything but normal! I’ve never seen her smile so big. She is thrilled every time someone sends her a thank you note or a word of praise. She has read every one out loud to mom or dad.

The Residents:
Ruby’s residents have cried tears of joy. The staff has cried some, too. The residents are so happy. Ruby has noticed more residents asking for items. The nurses, staff and community has learned more about the program and they are using their eyes to identify needy patient, too. Patients are sporting new shoes, baby dolls, blankets. They have yummy snacks! They are getting those extras.

What’s New:
With the new funds we have planned a happiness event for every resident at select nursing homes. We are delivering huge layer cakes and their favorite fast food. We have supplied “haircut” coupons so needy patients no longer go without a haircut bc they can’t afford it. We plan to adopt a facility cat to make up for the loss of pets so many of these residents have experienced. We also are putting in a private resident phone this week, no more waiting to use the facility phone to call your loved one.
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Thanks to the community’s donations "Operation McDonald's French Fries" was a magnificent success.
Ruby Kate and Mom delivered bags and bags of fresh fries to residents who had not had the pleasure of fast food in YEARS! Years.
Ruby Kate discovered in her Three Wishes for Ruby's Residents journal that one of the most common requests by residents was simply fast food.
How easy we forget how awesome these simple pleasures of life can be.
Today we remembered and the smiles generated were unforgettable to everyone who saw them.
This little girl did a lot more than deliver fries today......
A rare smile and a big one
Can we say “happy”?
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Thanks to the donations coming in we were able to buy some highly requested items for the nursing home residents today.
Ruby Kate placed a weather-proof container outside in the residents courtyard and filled it with pet food. This will allow the patients to feed the cats and they won’t have to worry about the food getting low

We also purchased lots of Velcro shoes in hard to sizes and widths. Now patients entering rehab with poorly fitting shoes can have access to a brand new pair of shoes!!
We also bought a pre-paid iPhone for residents to use to have a private conversation with their loved ones rather than using the one at the nursing station.
It’s a big start to a wonderful project! ❤️
New shoes for the residents!
iPhone for residents to call family
New pet food bin and lots of pet food
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