What he didn’t know was that she had saved a whopping $127,414 — enough to grant the wishes of 26 sick children.
“I was rather shocked,” Hartley, 90, of Riverside County, California, told The Huffington Post. “I knew she had some money in there, but I thought it was only about $35,000.”
Sandy, a retired school teacher, took responsibility for the couple’s finances after Hartley retired from his optometry practice over 20 years ago. She made deposits into the account each week, but Hartley never knew just how much she was putting away.
“It’s the single largest individual gift outside of a bequest that this chapter has received,” said Stephanie McCormick, CEO and president of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. “Being able to grant 26 wishes all in one clean swoop is just amazing to us.”