An Arkansas 11-year-old enjoys going to work with her mom, who is a nurse at several local nursing homes.
As “CBS Evening News” reports, it was while Ruby Chitsey was with her mom, Amanda, at work that she thought of an idea.
With a notepad in hand, Ruby began asking residents at the homes “if they could have any three things, what would they be?”
Ruby admitted to being “very surprised” by their answers.
As Amanda told “CBS Evening News,” she didn’t believe her daughter had “an intention, really” when she first started asking patients that very specific question.
And as Ruby said herself, she was really “just curious” about how they would answer. She said she initially assumed the residents would ask for frivolous things like “money, houses, a Lamborghini.”
But in reality, the many patients she talked to all asked for very simple things, including “an electric razor, new shoes.” Multiple people asked for “Vienna sausage,” and others requests were as simple as “a Dr. Pepper” and “bigger shirts.”
Ruby told “CBS Evening News”:
“Like, that’s all they wanted. And I really decided that I needed to do something.”
And that was the impetus behind Ruby’s charity, “Three Wishes for Ruby’s Residents.”
Now, thanks to the constant donations she receives through her GoFundMe account, Ruby is able to fund the costs needed to make the residents’ wishes come true.
And being able to fulfill these basic requests for people who have become so close to her heart, Ruby says, “it really lifts you, it really does.”
As “CBS Evening News” reports, Ruby’s actions should be viewed as so much more than simply grocery shopping for those to can’t, but rather fulfilling the “basic human needs here, to be remembered, to be cherished especially by a child.”
And as you can tell by the many smiles and hugs Ruby receives during her visits, her actions are greatly appreciated.