While most people look forward each year to the merriment and cheer of the holiday season, there are far too many residents who have their hands more than full simply trying to make ends meet on a
From now through Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, The Garden Island will share stories of families who could use a little holiday cheer along with an appeal for monetary donations of any size. Funds raised are distributed to needy families by Zonta Club members who purchase gift certificates at appropriate businesses to help make their simple dreams come true.
Because of logistical limitations, only monetary donations can be accepted. Gift certificates and used or new items, while appreciated, should not be submitted.
Checks should be written to Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation 501(c)3. Donations are tax-deductible, and should be mailed to Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation, c/o Joy Miura Koerte, P.O. Box 3996, Lihu’e, HI 96766.
Jessica needs clothing and a gift for baby
Jessica is a 26-year-old single mother who has been displaced and is currently homeless with her 10-month-old daughter. A newcomer to the island, Jessica’s life and marriage were torn apart by her abusive husband. Without any family here to help her, some community agencies are assisting Jessica with the tasks of replacing her work permit, birth certificate and social security card, which were intentionally destroyed. She is also making pre-employment preparations and exploring options for childcare to provide a safe and positive environment for her baby after she finds a job.
Clothing would help Jessica in her job-seeking attempts. However, because it’s her baby’s first Christmas, Jessica would be so happy to be able to give her little one a present.
Bruce would enjoy a special Christmas meal
Bruce, who is 52 years old, is developmentally delayed but has been able to live alone and independently, holding a job as a part-time janitor, much to his credit and perseverance. He has recently had financial difficulties because he has dental work that was required and now need dentures. He’s had to choose between rent, other household expenses and getting the dentures in order to eat for proper nutrition.
For Bruce, Christmas is another day, so a holiday wish for him would be for someone to prepare a special meal with Christmas cheer.