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Holiday wishes

Renée Shadforth

All Joyce Scribner wants for Christmas is power to all four wheels.The 87-year-old Truckee resident wants a good deal on an all-wheel-drive vehicle this holiday season, so she asked for it from the Truckee Tahoe Seniors Council’s Christmas Wish List program.”I just want one cheap; I don’t want it for free. Hopefully, someone has one in their garage or something,” said Scribner, who currently has a two-wheel-drive Mitsubishi pickup that she puts chains on when it snows.

Whether or not Scribner gets her car remains to be seen, but more than 100 other Truckee seniors and disabled adults will get their requests granted this year thanks to the Christmas Wish List. From clothing to microwaves, most local seniors have asked for life’s necessities. “Some of our seniors are living at poverty level or below, and they have no family, so this helps them feel that they’re not forgotten at Christmas time,” said Terrie Rankin, Christmas Wish List coordinator.Each year before Thanksgiving, local seniors submit requests of what they need, and people in the community can grant their wishes by donating the items. For the last two years, the program has served homebound Meals on Wheels clients in addition to Truckee Donner Senior Apartments residents.

For Chicky Di Mura, a senior who lives in Glenshire, last year’s Christmas Wish List could not have come at a better time. As part of her recovery from an auto accident, Di Mura had hand surgery just before the holiday. She made a request to the Christmas Wish List and received what she calls her “most prized possession,” a Gizmo can opener, which allowed her to open cans with one hand.The can opener, she said, is “proof that our town cares.”Usually around the holidays, people think about children, and it’s nice to know that in Truckee’s seniors aren’t forgotten, Di Mura said.

“I don’t really have any family that’s left, and it’s something to look forward to,” Di Mura said. “It just lifts everyone’s spirit. It’s nice to know our town cares.”CHRISTMAS WISH LISTSome senior wishes still need to be granted. To donate a gift to a senior, call project coordinator Terrie Rankin at 587-7291.


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