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April 30, 2014

Lavonne Lyles is granted her wish to see a former community garden restored

NEW CASTLE — A veteran’s widow saw her wish come true Saturday when a community garden plot was restored for a future pumpkin patch.

Lavonne Lyles, a New Castle resident,  was chosen by the Twilight Wish Foundation’s New Castle Chapter to receive a granted wish.

The  national nonprofit organization grants wishes to deserving, economically disadvantaged seniors who are active in their community, but not able to make a wish of their own come true.

Lyles helped create and care for the community garden at the former I Care House.

While she could have chosen anything for her wish, there was one reason in particular she chose a garden restoration.

“They told me I could have anything I wanted,” Lyles said. “But eventually we’re all gonna die, and I wanted something that will last when I’m gone. I want to be remembered for something.”

Tom Ford, director of Twilight Wish New Castle, worked with community organizations, including Origins, Personal Care Touch Home and Ratvasky Landscape Supply in order to make her dream come true.

At 9 a.m.  Saturday, Lyles received a plaque and saw the future plot for the garden, also tilled with aid from volunteers of Comcast Cares.

Holding the event during Saturday’s local Earth Day celebrations was just an added, and surprise, treat for the AMVETS volunteer.

“This is just wonderful,” Lyles said. “I never expected this to be so huge. It’s great that it’s held on Earth Day. “

The New Castle chapter of Twilight Wish has been active for a little more than a year, and in that time has granted more than 10 wishes for senior citizens throughout the city and county.

According to Ford, every wish granted is for a truly special individual.

“I’ve worked with seniors on a daily basis, and they’re truly deserving and deserved to be recognized,” Ford said. “It’s time to give back to them.”

For more information on Twilight Wish in New Castle or to get involved contact Ford at (724) 614-6159.

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