5th Grader featured as a local Jefferson Award Winner: Ruby Kate Chitsey


HARRISON, Ar.- Ruby Kate Chitsey is only 11-years old. She brings sunshine to nursing homes on some not so sunny days. She met 84-year old Pearl for the first time last year while visiting nursing homes with her mother.

“We asked her if you could have any three things and she asked for world peace, like a pizza and like more visits with her dog. We realized that they were all simple items and we could get them with our own money.”

Ruby’s mother, Amanda Chitsey, is a geriatric nurse practitioner. During her 23-years in practice she’s seen pretty much every scenario residents go through. She said most of them don’t get any attention.  It took her daughter just a few visits to area nursing homes to see there was a great need.

“I always thought Ruby had a unique perspective to be such a young child and I think that’s both a blessing and a curse. Because she can walk in a room and see kinda non-verbal signs of suffering and I think it hurts her but I also think its such a superpower,” Amanda Chitsey.

Ruby started a Go-Fund-Me page called “Three Wishes for Ruby’s Residents.”  She and Pearl touched many hearts. She’s just inches away from reaching her goal of 100-thousand dollars.

WGN Radio Chicago: “It’s an unusual story. You’ve heard of kids raising money and doing things. But, this story is really unusual. We have ruby kate and her mom. thanks for being with us. Amanda: Thanks for having us.”

 Ruby’s program is receiving national attention. She and are doing tv, radio and newspaper interviews around the states. Ruby was named the Go-Fund-Me-Kid Hero for the month of January for her efforts to help nursing home residents. She learned many seniors only receive a 40-dollar allowance from the government a month for extras.

Small things, like fast food fries or comfortable clothes, make a world of difference for them. It gives something for them to look forward to.

 “That’s the kind of person she is, she just loves everybody. I think everybody loves her. You’re a really special girl,” said Pearl while Ruby sat next to her.

 “Knowing that I can help them is a great part and it makes me feel so much better and I’m actually able to do something and it makes me feel just so awesome.”

Amanda says Ruby is also having an impact globally. Ruby will head a webinar in late March geriatric leaders from several countries are expected to dial-in and donate to her Go-Fund-Me page. They are also setting up “three-wishes” chapters nationally.

The mother and daughter duo is also starting up a “Three Wishes” Chapter Nationally.

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