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.
Certificate for food items would make Hoku happy
Hoku enjoys life at his young age, and does not fully understand his disability and true financial struggle.
He lives on his own, with the help of housing assistance and food stamps.
However, he often runs short of food and resources before month’s end.
It is painful to watch him struggle without, but Hoku does not complain.
A gift certificate to purchase holiday food items would make Hoku’s holiday season very happy.
Calvin needs fellowship, shirts and pants
Calvin is 32 years old. He has full-time employment now.
He ran into some financial difficulty a few years back, and is trying very hard to change his life. Airline fares have gone down, but Calvin will still not be able to go home for the holidays.
He would very much like to just be able to have a quiet dinner with a friend, and call members of his family to wish them happy holidays. Calvin could also use some shirts, and a couple of pairs of pants.
Work shoes and CDs are Allen’s request
Allen is 19 years old. He was living with his single parent, and now has to be on his own. Allen was recently hired by managers of one of the hotels on the island, and when occupancy is down he does not get full-time hours. He has no seniority, therefore is not eligible for temporary assignments in other departments.
He is really trying to be selfsufficient, and not have to depend on anyone for assistance.
Allen would like to have a new pair of work shoes, and some musical CDs for Christmas.