Young moms, keiki counting on community

Three young moms are facing extraordinary hardships and could some comfort.

Hanah will be unable to spend much time with her children this Christmas season. Their father has not been present in their lives, and Hanah, as a single parent of a boy and a girl, does her best to care for and raise her kids and is often working. But money is always tight, so the children have few toys at home. They would be delighted with any gifts to open on Christmas morning.

Michelle is another young mom of two children. She recently lost her home in the April flooding — as well as the computer and art supplies the children enjoyed — and lives in small quarters waiting for a better housing opportunity. The family could use toys for the kids and supplies for a home when they eventually get one.

Laura is also a single parent of two who lost their father. She has little support for the kids and struggles to provide them with clothing and anything extra goes to food and the basic necessities. The children have asked their mom for bicycles this year for Christmas. Such a gift would be a huge blessing for the kids and Laura.

The Garden Island shares daily through Christmas Eve about real people (we don’t use their real names) facing challenges and who would appreciate a little help through The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund.

In the past two years, the fund has raised more than $50,000, and every dollar has gone toward bringing joy to those who otherwise would likely go without anything on Christmas.

This year, about 400 families applied for help through the fund.

Donations to the Christmas Fund are used by Zonta Club members to purchase local gift certificates that are in turn distributed via social service agencies to families in December.

Checks, payable to Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation, can be mailed to P.O. Box 3032, Lihue, HI 96766. For further information, call Dimples Kano at 822-4517.

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