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.
‘Aunty’ needs bus passes and a phone card
Maryanne is single and recovering from a temporary disability.
She is back to work and trying to recover not only physically but also financially.
She lost her rental home, and has since found other housing.
“Aunty,” as everyone calls her, needs reliable transportation.
She is able to use The Kaua’i Bus, and would really like a few months of bus passes.
“Aunty” could also use a phone card to keep in touch with family, and make it easier to make her appointments.
Couple trying to make their lives better
Kaipo and Mele, a young couple, are trying to live on their own. They were homeless for a while, and just recently found a place to live. Kaipo is helping Mele continue her education. She will be graduating in a couple of years with a degree. Kaipo has a minimalpaying job, but will one day go back to school to get his degree. Mele works in between her classes to help Kaipo and herself. They have very little left at the end of the month.
Both Kaipo and Mele would like to be able to get something nice for each other, but would prefer to have a very nice dinner with their families.
Shoes and clothes would help Patrick
Patrick is 23 years old. His friends say he is very nice and considerate of others. Pat is single and looking for full-time employment. He lost his job, and his unemployment is running out. Patrick is willing to learn and do almost anything.
He will need some clothes and shoes for employment, and would also appreciate some CDs.