Elderly Kauaians need help with groceries

Staff at The Garden Island newspaper and members of the Zonta Club of Kauai are again teaming up this year, and asking the community to help make the holidays happier for less-fortunate residents through the Zonta/The Garden Island Christmas Fund.

Most people look forward each year to the merriment and cheer of the holiday season, but there are far too many residents who barely make ends meet every day.

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. The names have been changed to protect their privacy. Funds raised will be distributed to needy families by Zonta Club members, who purchase gift certificates at appropriate businesses to help make these simple wishes 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.

For more information, contact Joy at 245-3677

Sarah’s family would appreciate hot water

Sarah is 17 months old with a large head and development delays. She receives therapy services from Easter Seals Early Intervention Program. Sarah’s father works, and her mother will be able to start working as soon —as she can find a baby-sitter for Sarah. The family members live in an older home, and are having plumbing problems. They have tried to get a loan but were turned down. Family members currently must bathe in cold water, which is becoming increasingly difficult as temperatures start to dip this winter. This family needs assistance with their plumbing, and to be able to bathe in hot water again.

Groceries would brighten Jack’s holiday

Jack is 62 years old, and lives alone in a low-income, elderly-housing complex. He has had many medical setbacks, but strives to live his life the best he can. He tries to manage on a very-limited income each month. Jack does not socialize with other seniors very much, and has no family on the island to offer support. Assistance in helping to brighten this gentleman’s holidays with a gift certificate for groceries would be a welcome surprise.

Lillian would appreciate disposable articles

Lillian, 74, survives on a very-limited income, and lives with her daughter, who is also on a limited income. She is wheelchair-bound, and unable to care for herself. Her daughter only works part time so she can care for her mother. Due to health problems, she now needs to wear disposable articles which are very expensive. Any assistance to help Lillian have a brighter holiday season would be greatly appreciated.

Money is tight for Dorothy

Dorothy is 78 years old, and lives on a fixed income month to month. She lives in a rental unit that does not have a stove, and so she does not qualify for housing assistance because of the substandard living conditions. After paying her rent, utilities and medications, she does not have enough money during the month to pay for groceries.

Help with buying groceries would be greatly appreciated, and make her holidays joyful ones.

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