Keikis’ special needs straining family budget

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, who hopes Kaua’i will still share their generosity with those less fortunate. For more information, call 822-9882).

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

Michael 1, and Pua 2, are being seen at Kauai Easter Seals for their special needs. Michael is medically fragile and mother has stayed at home to care for him. Although he is doing well, his needs will continue. The family is under constant financial strain and there is definitely no extra money for gifts and toys for the holidays. Times are so tough for the family that at one point this year, their telephone was disconnected because they had no money to pay their bill. With two other children Lani 6, and Mark 9, this family badly need clothes, books, and toys or games. This family is proud and has avoided asking for help until now. Having a little extra money would greatly enhance the family’s holiday season.

Toys, books, and puzzles needed by youngsters

Allan 2, and Barry 2, are two year old twins. Both have developmental delays and live with their parents and 2 older siblings, Mary 4, and Sally 10. The youngsters’ parents are both working but continue to struggle. Allan and Barry need new clothes, shoes, and educational toys, books, puzzles, etc. and some child-size table & chairs. But anything they receive would be greatly appreciated by all of them.

Toddler and brother could also use clothes

Robert is another toddler with developmental delays. He lives with parents and 2 older siblings Mark 14, and Frank 7, in an old plantation camphouse. The children’s father works but has gone for months with no pay because of slow downs. Their mother also works but is beginning to lose some vision because of diabetes. This family is struggling financially due to Robert’s mounting medical bills. Roberts needs educational toys books, puzzles as well as clothes. His brothers could use some clothes and shoes as well.

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