Comfort Keepers grants seniors’ wishes

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 22, 2016

KANNAPOLIS — Comfort Keepers is going beyond in-home services for area families to grant the wish of a lifetime to some area seniors.

In August, Comfort Keepers launched A Senior’s Wish in conjunction with the company’s 15-year anniversary. A Senior’s Wish invited individuals throughout the Comfort Keepers seven-county service area, to nominate a senior in their life to receive the wish of a lifetime, granted by Comfort Keepers.

On Saturday, a five-man team of volunteers from Glorieta Baptist Church in Concord built a ramp at the home of Dwight and Judy Goodnight.

The project was coordinated by the N.C. Baptist Aging Ministry.

Dwight Goodnight is a stroke survivor; wife Judy Goodnight is in her final days of her battle with cancer; and their son Tod, has early onset Parkinson’s Disease. The Goodnight family was grateful that the ramp was completed so that Mrs.  Goodnight could see this wish granted for her husband and son.

The Goodnights’ other children, Paris and Starla Goodnight, were also present to see the ramp constructed.

“Helping members of the community is one of the primary reasons I became a franchisee for Comfort Keepers,” said owner Lori Eberly. “I’m just fortunate that I am able to give back to a community that has always supported my business. The nominations we have received have truly touched my heart and it is an honor to be able to make these wishes come true.”

Also through the Senior Wish program, Tommy Little of Conover got to attend a performance of the Gaither Vocal Band on Nov. 12. Comfort Keepers arranged for Little to meet Bill Gaither in person before the show.

Comfort Keepers, in conjunction with Cannon Pharmacy, is also currently arranging delivery of a Lift Recliner to Ethelia Sigmon in Claremont.

Additional wishes that are still being reviewed include a trip to Golden Corral for a senior in Woodleaf with multiple sclerosis who requires specialized transport. Trips under consideration for other seniors have destinations that include Washington, D.C.,  a N.C. beach, Florida and Alaska.

Comfort Keepers welcomes any community partners that may be willing to contribute toward making additional wishes come true, to reach out directly to Lori Eberly at For additional information on A Senior’s Wish, visit