Staff at The Garden Island newspaper and members of the Zonta Club of Kauai are again teaming up this year, and asking members of 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, please contact Joy at 245-3677.
Christmas dinner would make Healani happy
Healani has one wish for Christmas. Her wish this year is to be able to have a nice Christmas dinner with her whole family. She has been separated from her spouse, and her children are older now and have families of their own. Healani is disabled, and is having a difficult time. She is unable to physically support her children. Her monthly income prevents her from getting some much-needed personal items.
Healani used to work, and is hoping to at least be able to do some volunteer work for the community when she gets better.
Kathy needs special shoes and a phone card
Kathy is on a fixed income. She is disabled, and is receiving medical treatment. Kathy lived in her car for several years, and has housing now. She tries to get to the beach as much as she possibly can. Kathy misses the fresh, clean ocean air, and the soothing sounds of the waves. One of Kathy’s disabilities requires her to wear special shoes. She also could use a phone card to stay in touch with her family.
Mickey needs fishing gear, tabis, and a gift for his child
For a while, Mickey chose to be homeless. He was going through a very difficult time. He is disabled, and now is in housing and on a limited income. He loves fishing and anything to do with the ocean. Mickey could use a new pair of tabis or reef walkers.
He could also use a new tackle box, various-size hooks, lines and floaters. He has a child, and gets to visit periodically. Papa would very much like to give his child a toy for Christmas.