One More Time is a Post Falls nonprofit that grants wishes to adults who face a limited time to live. Founder Tiffinay Vargas said the group has fulfilled bucket-list dreams for people as young as 25 and as old as 107. Those wishes range from simply a huckleberry milkshake and cruising to a 26-year-old mother with cancer who wanted a trip to Disneyland with her daughter, 5, and family. This group holds its Deck The Halls fundraiser Thursday at Garden Plaza in Post Falls.
In fall 2017, a woman with Huntington’s Disease made a simple request. She asked two health volunteers driving her back from a doctor’s appointment to circle the car one more time around the block before returning home. She leaned her face against the window to take in the scenery.
The woman died in hospice care a few hours later, and Tiffinay Vargas was crushed. A home health care and hospice worker, she was one of those two volunteers. Vargas later asked of herself, why didn’t she take the woman on more rides before then?
At the time, Vargas was still grieving the unexpected death of her father, at age 58, a few months earlier. She wished she’d had more time with him, perhaps for his favorite holiday, Fourth of July.
Both experiences triggered a response, and by December 2017, Vargas had founded One More Time. The nonprofit grants wishes for adults who face a limited time to live.
“Everybody has something they wish they’d done in their life or wish they got to do again, and everybody has someone they wish they’d done that experience with,” Vargas said.
Initially focused on the Coeur d’Alene area, the group has expanded in recent years to grant wishes throughout the Idaho Panhandle, and into the Spokane area. This year is the nonprofit’s fifth year for its Deck The Halls fundraiser, held 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Garden Plaza in Post Falls.