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.
Auntie Mary would love a nice new nightgown
Auntie Mary is an 85-year-old woman who lives alone. She is a cancer survivor and has multiple ailments (HBP, swollen feet, dementia, etc.). She uses a cane or walker to get around because of her swollen feet. Although her children live on the island, their resources are very limited also. Because of her meager income, she is unable to purchase personal items. A nightgown and toiletries would be nice for her this Christmas season.
Sleepwear and food trays are simple requests
Keoni and Cherisse are an elderly couple who suffer from multiple ailments. They both use walkers to get around.
The majority of their fixed income goes to prescription drugs and general living expenses (electricity, water, telephone, food etc.) which leaves very little for personal things.
This Christmas it would be very nice if Keoni and Cherisse were able to purchase food trays so they can have their dinner in front of the TV, and a new pair of nightgown and pajamas.
Lucy could use a lightweight wheelchair
Lucy was recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Prior to her illness, Lucy was a very active individual who worked three jobs to support herself and her extended family. Now she lives on limited income (Supplemental Social Security and food stamps) and many times is unable to even purchase her daily needs.
Lucy’s Christmas would be so much brighter if she could have a wheelchair that is much lighter. The one she presently uses does not fit her right and is very heavy to transport in and out of the car. She also needs assistance for purchasing food and other personal items.