VIDEO: 100-Year-Old Woman Sees Ocean For First Time
100-year-old Ruby Holt saw an ocean for the first time this week. After spending most of the last century picking cotton and raising a family on a farm in rural Tennessee, Holt’s lifelong wish to hit the beach was granted by the Wish of a Lifetime organization. The group transported the centenarian from her assisted living center to the Gulf of Mexico just a few weeks shy of her 101st birthday.
Wish of a Lifetime learned about Holt when two of the workers at the facility where she lives filled out a wish application on her behalf after finding out she’d never been to the ocean. Holt says her family could never afford a vacation to the coast, and that she’d only left Tennessee once before. When the organization heard about Holt, it arranged her all-expenses-paid 400-mile journey to the Alabama coast.
Despite the cool temperatures, she laughed while walking barefoot on the sand. “I’ve heard people talk about it and how wonderful it was and wanted to see it, but I never had the opportunity to do so,” Holt explained to the Associated Press. Marveling at the ocean’s size, she remarked, “We don’t have nothing like this in Giles County.”