11-year-old Ruby Chitsey’s often traveled to work with her mother, a nurse, to area nursing homes. While her mother worked Ruby would talk with some of the residents. Notepad in hand she began to ask them, “if you could have any 3 things, what would they be?” The answers surprised her. Instead of a new house or money the residents said they would love new shoes, a new razor, or Vienna sausages.
“Like, that’s all they wanted. And I really decided that I needed to do something,” Ruby said.
Thus began Three Wishes for Ruby’s Residents. Ruby fills a cart full of the most requested items, especially Vienna sausages, and takes them room-to-room granting wishes.
This young lady learned something very early on, doing good for others has a way of lifting up your own spirit. She may not know it yet, but I know she is doing much more than granting a small wish for these nursing home residents, she is bringing them joy in just interacting with them and cherishing them.
As an aside, my grandmother worked in a nursing home and I would go there often as a child. I have fond memories of my time meeting and walking with the people there. Nursing homes are not places to be feared, there is a lot of wisdom and love within those walls.
I will do my best to be:
Blind to everything but my small role in the facility,
Kind and Respectful to all that I encounter,
Responsible for my actions and words,
Aware of the tender feelings of others,
An inspiration to others through my actions today,
Leave the nursing home with more joy than I found it.
Visit Ruby’s website above and see how you can help grant wishes.
Source: CBS News