Kokua some Kaua’i families this holiday season

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 Christmas Fund.

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 Kaua’i.

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, Lihue 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 an accounting change, contributions this year will not be tax-deductible, according to a Zonta representative. For more information, call 822-9882).

For more information, call Rita at 245-3681, ext. 241.

Single parent needs goods for young family

Nancy is a single parent with four children. She has two daughters ages 10 and 15, and 16-year-old twin boys. It has always been tough for Nancy especially during the holidays.

She would be so grateful to be able to get one daughter needs a chest of drawers since she shares an open shelf with her younger sister.

Also desperately needed is a bed frame to replace one that recently fell apart. One of her boys now sleeps on a mattress on the floor.

Holidays are looking grim for this family

Delayney has five children and a grandchild. Recently her work schedule changed meaning she has less income for the holiday season.

Right now, she’s worried about providing her family with necessities like food. She could also use some help with diapers for her two-year-old grandchild. Although they desperately need them, she can’t even imagine getting new clothes for her children.

As for herself, Delayney has been wearing the same shoes for four years. She continues to put “duct tape” on the bottom to patch up a hole. Despite this, she says there are still four more years in her shoes.

Any help the family could get to brighten up their Christmas would be greatly appreciated at this special time of year.

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