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 expressed the organization’s hope that this will not affect the community’s traditional generosity). For more information, call 822-9882).
For more information, call Rita at 245-3681, ext. 241.
Hospital bed sheets are badly needed
Nancy is in desperate need of assistance. She is currently bedridden and has been struggling month to month to pay bills. She isn’t even thinking about frivolous presents for Christmas. Right now, she really needs some fitted sheets for her hospital bed. Any help would be gratefully appreciated.
Single dad hopes for bicycle for son, gifts for helpful mom
Darren 32, lives with his mother and his 7 year old son Paul. Darren suffers from progressive Multiple Sclerosis, which has been making it very difficult from him to continue working. His mother watches Darren’s son and he is very thankful for her being there to help him. They have difficulty covering rent and often worry about becoming homeless. Money is tight and the family definitely won’t be able to afford Christmas presents this year. Darren has been trying to save up money to buy his son a bike and would greatly appreciate help with that. His holidays would be even brighter if his mother received something for all that she has done for him.
Clothes, shoes, diapers needed by family
Amy is a 21 year old, single mother of Kyle, 5 months old. Amy also takes care of her brother Rudy, 14. They were homeless for 6 months because they were not able to find a rental due to the rental market. Amy is receiving financial assistance and has difficulty meeting monthly expenses. Kyle is always in need of diapers and could use some clothes because he is growing. Brother Rudy would like some clothes and shoes for Christmas. Amy could also use some clothes but needs everyday items for the house they finally were able to find.