Groceries, clothes would brighten holidays

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 members of 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

Life’s a challenge for Robert

Robert is 73 years old, and lives alone. He has health problems and a limited income. He receives government assistance, and tries to get by with what limited financial resources he has, after paying for rent and utilities. Day-to-day living is a challenge due to special diets and substandard living conditions. Because of financial limitations, he lives a very simple life, with no frills. Robert also has no family here on Kaua’i and has very limited social support.

Robert’s holidays would be made happier with help to buy groceries or clothing.

Juanita needs to know people care

Juanita, 83, is a senior who lives alone at an elderlyhousing complex, and has no family support. She deals with a lot of medical problems, and tries her best to meet her daily needs on a verylow income and government assistance. Help with groceries or household items will help to dd happiness during the holiday season for Juanita, especially to know that people truly care.

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