Groceries and little gifts would make the holidays much happier for these Kaua’i senior citizens

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/ 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.

Patricia could use help with groceries and more

Patricia is 76 years old and has n o family here on Kaua’i. She lives alone at an elderly housing complex, with basic, simple furnishings. Living on a fixed monthly income, she tries to make ends meet as best she can to pay for groceries. She also receives government assistance. With numerous health problems, basic daily activities pose a great challenge for her. This holiday season, help with groceries or household items that could be extended to Patricia would brighten her days.

Frail Fred deserves gifts for his great attitude

At 88 years old, Fred Roberts lives alone in an elderly housing complex. He manages on a very restricted income, which makes day to day living a challenge. Despite his financial challenges and being physically frail and in a wheelchair, he is willing to share and help wherever and whenever he can with a great attitude. Gifts to help brighten this senior’s holiday season would be a welcome surprise.

Money is tight for caregiver Martin and his sister

Martin is 87 years old and is a full-time, devoted caregiver of his 88-year-old sister, Karen. Several months ago, Karen had a severe stroke and therefore needed more care and attention from Martin. Both Karen and Martin have fixed monthly incomes, with Martin managing on very little each month. They do not live extravagantly and their furnishings are very simple. They try to manage with their daily needs without wanting any government assistance. Their holiday season could be brighter with gifts to buy groceries or household items.

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