Basics and extras needed by youngsters this year

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.

Kalani could use several items for the holidays

Kalani is a 17 year- old Downs Syndrome teenager who lives with his mom. Times are tough for the family. Being a single mother means she is forced to work two jobs just to make ends meet. Kalani enjoys watching videos and using the computer. Because of their limited budget, Kalani would enjoy being able to get some new videos or even more, a computer that he can use at home to further develop his ability to use and work with computers.

Interactive games would brighten these brothers’ days

John (4) & Jacob (5) both are children diagnosed with autism. They currently live with their parents. Both boys are non-verbal, but very active and both boys enjoy doing interactive computer programs. However due to their active, high energy personalities they frequently need to replace many of their interactive games as they normally break within a few uses.

Mika and Leilani could use some cheer these holidays

Leilani (33) is a young single mother with a young child Mika (2) who has developmental disabilities. They live in their own apartment and are on a limited income from public assistance. The family needs diapers for the boy and household items (food and paper supplies). Any holiday cheer that could be spread their way would also be greatly appreciated.

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