Shelby Ridge receives wishing well donation

ALABASTER – Residents and patients at Rehab Select at Shelby Ridge now have a new feature to enjoy on the outside patio of the facility, thanks to the generosity of one local business owner.

Resident Trichia Bradberry said she wanted to find a way to do something nice for the residents and patients at the facility, which consists of a rehabilitation center and short- and long-term care services.

“I thought a wishing well would be something that everyone could enjoy,” she said. “I thought everyone would like throwing in a coin and making their wish.”

But to turn the idea into reality, she needed help.

“I was in the lobby talking to someone who’s aunt lives in the home, and I asked him if he knew anyone who would donate a wishing well. He put me in contact with Mr. Pickett. When I called, he said yes right away.”

Ricky Pickett, owner of Pickett Construction, purchased and donated a wishing well to the facility and built a custom table for the well to sit on. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the wishing well was held on Monday, July 8.

Pickett, who has been in business in Alabaster for 18 years, said he wanted to do whatever he could to encourage and uplift the patients and residents at the facility.

“Anything that I can do to help, I’m willing to do it,” he said.

Pickett spoke with facility administrator Roderick Watkins for approval to install the well and to work out the logistics. It took about six weeks to make it all happen.

Bradberry, a longtime resident, said Shelby Ridge is a good place to live.

“It’s really such a nice place,” she said. “It’s a good place to call home.”