Money is tight for closeknit family

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.

Money is tight for

closeknit family

Nita 36, is a single parent of three children. Her son Elbert, 15, is a growing young man trying very hard to be the support for his mother. He is looked up to by his younger brother Fred 11 and sister Girlie 8, as the father figure in their household. Nita tries very hard to keep herself positive in a situation like this, but the cost of electricity and food is often more than she makes working at a local fast food restaurant. Her electricity has been suspended twice this year and she has been without a telephone for over two years. When she applies for jobs, they are not always able to get in touch with her and so her opportunity to work is limited. Gift certificates or toys would help this closeknit family have a happier holiday season.

Single dad is trying his best

Karry 38, is a single father raising his daughter Halley, 12. Over the past two years he has found the opportunity for construction jobs becoming less and less. Raising his daughter Halley has been a challenge. At times, he feels like he’s working just to make ends meet and keep food on the table for both of them. There are always more days to the month than there is money to pay the bills. He doesn’t receive any subsidies for housing and there is a very limited amount if anything left over every time he gets paid. He has been near eviction due to the late payment of his rent more than once. He’s trying his best but it will be very hard for him to get anything extra for his daughter this Christmas. Gift certificate for toys or food would be greatly appreciated.

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