Many in need this Christmas

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.

Couple needs clothes and toys for son

Both Brandon 45, and Suzanne 34, are suffering with mental disability. They have a young son Darren 1, who they both adore. Suzanne had children earlier in her life and they were put into foster care. Her biggest hope is that they become a family once again. Living on Social Security benefits, they find it hard to make ends meet. They are trying their best and are doing a good job of taking care of themselves and their child. The would love some clothes and toys for Darren and anything that would make their holidays happier.

Health problems make life harder for single mom

Gloria’s husband left her last year and she is a single mom. She has been ill with anxiety attacks and high blood pressure from the stress of raising 2 children on her own. She has a lot of problems with the children and is getting counseling to help her cope with the situations that arise. She gets just enough income to keep her family going. She has outstanding medical bills and is doing her best to pay them off. She is being treated for her stress and will be seeking employment as soon as she can. The holiday season would be wonderful if she could get something special for the children. Michael 13, would love a bike and Carol 11, a CD player.

Keiki need play things and clothes

Fred 24, and Rhonda 20, are a young couple with two small children. Kimo 3, and Jessica, 4 months old. Fred was unemployed for a long time because of the effects of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. He is working in the tourist industry and although he is working now, he still has trouble getting full time hours. They are in the process of being evicted from their home but luckily have found another. They just make it from month to month with the help of food stamps and financial assistance. To brighten the family’s holidays, some clothing and play things for the children would be great.


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