‘WeHo Wishes’ Will Put Smiles on the Faces of People with Special Needs

A few years ago a woman posted on Facebook that her computer was on its last leg.   She was a local resident and appeared to be on a fixed income.   She was worried and wished for a new computer.  

Larry Block

Next to me was an old computer that had not been used for years. I offered it up and brought it to her home. Sadly it wasn’t working, and with the sad look on her face I could not leave her empty handed. It was just a couple weeks before Christmas.

Leaving her apartment, I phoned a friend named Manny and told him the story. He offered up $50. I called John Altschul, the planning commissioner, and he offered up $50. Then John D’Amico and another $50 and then John Duran and another $50. One call led to another, and it became a community effort to do a good deed for a local resident. I soon headed to Best Buy and pitched in the balance and then delivered a brand new computer to this nice lady who was so thankful. Merry Christmas!

Her smile meant so much, but it was just a few weeks ago on my 60th birthday when I woke up to a letter from my sister appearing in WEHOville. My sister touched me as did this woman from years back, and then it hit me. It hit me what I want to do with my assets and my future and for the City of West Hollywood. I’d like to put smiles on people’s face who have special needs. I want to make people happy.

The next email was to my accountant was to set up a new 501 (c3) corporation, “WeHo Wishes.” Our goal is to lift this community from the bottom up. To give some hope who have no other means. To give a gift of love that cannot be filled with a local or county social service organization.

Well, we can’t give someone a new heart, or a brain, or courage. But we can ask you to look down the hallway at the senior citizen who is in need of an electric scooter and make a wish West Hollywood. Or look across the street at the family with the autistic kid who can’t afford a day at Disneyland. Make a wish West Hollywood.

We will start with small dreams and more compelling needs might require awareness and community participation. Together we can take care of our most vulnerable residents in so many ways other than what government agencies have to offer.

You can also be a WeHo Angel and join us. Help us to us make a wish, help us deliver a wish to someone in need. If your interested please email larry@wehowish.org . Our board of directors of community leaders is forming and funds have been committed to start granting wishes this holiday season.

Thank You West Hollywood for the joy that you have given me. Let’s puts smiles on people’s faces. Let’s restore our sense of community.

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Pat Dixon
Pat Dixon
1 year ago

Nothing in this story surprises me. You are a real “mensch”, Larry, always have been, always will. Thank you for this story, and you can add my name to your list of people who want to help other people. Thank you for being you.

Kerrigan B Hennings
Kerrigan B Hennings
1 year ago

Such a great great idea, Larry! I’m here for it – let me know how I can help!

James 40year weho resident.
James 40year weho resident.
1 year ago

I wish that Duran is off the city council. Can you grant me that? This city is going downhill and you seem to want to lift it up.

Alison
Alison
1 year ago

Larry, as I sit here reading this on the monitor from your old computer and that new CPU you gathered the donations for, I have tears in my eyes. You are a truly special man. You are an inspiration, not me. It was my honor to have met you. As a resident of WeHo from before it was a City, you represent what WeHo was meant to be all about. People coming together and living as community without barriers. Gay, straight, abled, disabled, all colors of the rainbow living together in harmony, renters and homeowners together looking out for each… Read more »

Larry Block
Larry Block
1 year ago
Reply to  Alison

Thank you Allison, I tried to avoid saying your name but you inspired something in my heart that will last a long time and hopefully make many dreams come true.

Kristin Slawosky
Kristin Slawosky
1 year ago

Beautiful idea Larry, this is a beautiful idea and something that I would be interested in being a part of. This is the face of WeHo.
(If you set up a non profit, stay away from Wells Fargo.)

Barbara Krupa
Barbara Krupa
1 year ago

of course it would be Larry thinking this up. what a guy and why don’t you run for council. you have my vote

Tim Hughes
Tim Hughes
1 year ago

What a great program to help those in need

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