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The Garden Island and the Zonta Club of Kaua’i are again teaming up with the
community to try and make the holidays a little happier for those in need.
Every year, the community is asked to make donations to the Zonta/Garden Island
With the help of community agencies, Zonta Club members
identify families who will not have a merry Christmas without our help. Every
day from now until Christmas, The Garden Island will publish stories about
people who could use some assistance. The names have been changed to protect
their privacy but the stories are all actual case histories of people living on
Monies collected are used to fulfill their wishes whenever
possible. Checks and money orders may be sent to Zonta/Garden Island Christmas
Fund, c/o The Garden Island, P.O. Box 231, Lihu’e HI 96766. Donations may also
be dropped off at The Garden Island office at 3137 Kuhio Highway in Lihu’e
during office hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Because of space limitations,
people are asked to refrain from bringing in used goods. Monetary donations are
use some help
Mr. Omada is an 81-year-old
widower who lives alone. He tries to manage with his small retirement and
public benefits, but it is still difficult to purchase household supplies and
personal toiletries after paying all of his monthly bills. A gift certificate
to purchase these items would lift his spirits this holiday
Books and backpacks would make girls happy
May and her
twin girls, age 10, have had a very difficult year.
They have been living
in the domestic violence shelter, seeking safety from an abusive home. Mary has
now left her husband and is working full-time to support her family. She works
hard but finds it is very difficult to support a family with no public
assistance. With so little for extras, Mary fears she may not be able to get
the girls gifts for Christmas.
The girls love to read, and a dictionary or
a gift certificate from Borders would be nice. So would a couple of backpacks.
Mary asks nothing for herself.
Kalani was born premature to young parents. He has done well, but he does have
some developmental delays, so he is receiving early intervention services.
His parents are just getting on their feet through part-time employment,
but it still has been difficult for them financially. Kalani is 2 years old,
and his needs increase as he grows. Any assistance this young family can get
would be greatly appreciated.
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