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, please contact Joy at 245-3677.
Mrs. N. needs a blood pressure cuff
Mrs. N. has had a severe stroke with complete paralysis of her right side. She is now wheelchair-bound, and has lost the ability to perform her normal duties.
She is concerned about her blood pressure, and would greatly appreciate a donation to purchase a blood-pressure cuff she can use herself with her current physical limitations. She is unable to work due to her recent stroke.
Kamaile asks for very little
Kamaile is a very sweet and quiet woman. She never complains, and does not fully understand her disability.
Kamaile lives with her elderly parents, who provide for her basic needs.
However, there is never any extra funds for clothing and much-needed personal items. Kamaile will quietly go without rather than complain. Her holidays would be ever so bright if given a little something to purchase pretty clothes for the holidays, or a warm jacket.
Kamaile would be grateful for just about anything.
Food and warm clothes would brighten Patty’s holidays
Patty is a 26-year-old, developmentally- disabled woman.
She lives with an aunt and uncle, and they try to help guide her as best they can. Unfortunately, they are all struggling to make ends meet. Patty works part-time, and tries to assist with household necessities.
Patty would appreciate any help with food for the holiday season, and much-needed warm clothing would make her season joyous.