Hierarchy of needs: families need food, shelter, other basics

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.

Family needs diapers and clothes

Evie and John just welcomed their second child, Carol, two months ago.

They have an older daughter Annie.

John has been working full-time and Evie just started a job a couple of weeks ago. They have not been able to afford the high rents and were living in their car. They have found a place, but all of their earnings are used to pay the rent and the basic daily necessities. John would like a new dress for Evie and to be able to have a nice quiet dinner for just the two of them.

There has been very little time for them with working and taking care of the two girls. Evie stays home during the day to care for the children while John works.

When she goes to work at night, John cares for the children. They both would like some diapers and baby clothes for Carol.

Annie needs some clothes and shoes and maybe a toy.

Abbey keeps family going

Abbey is a single mom with three children.

They are homeless and living on the beach. Mom works at a full-time job and makes sure all three children get to school on time every day. Mom is hoping to get into a home before the holidays.

Shelley, who is fourteen, would like to have a nice hot meal at a nice restaurant for Christmas dinner. Aaron is eleven and would like to have a new sleeping bag. The youngest, eight-year-old Randy, would very much like to have a flashlight for him and some books.

Moesha would love a special meal

Moesha receives the minimum Social Security and supplements her income by going to the Farmer’s Market and selling her products to both visitors and locals in order to pay for rent and utilities. She doesn’t always have much to sell but she appreciates when people stop by to look, chat and hopes they buy something. She also enjoys the camaraderie of her fellow vendors. Moesha likes to eat natural health foods which costs more, but she is committed to eating organic fresh fruits and vegetables. A food certificate for a health food store would be appreciated so she can purchase a special meal that she is usually unable to afford.

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