Homeless at the holidays seek clothes, blankets

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.

Tent, sleeping bags and bikes would make this family’s day

Lenore is a single mother with three children, Casey, Trey and Charlie. The family members became homeless when their rental home was sold, and they were unable to find an affordable rental home.

Casey and Trey wish Santa would bring them new bikes to replace the bikes that were stolen from their campsite. Charlie needs new clothes and shoes, as he has outgrown most of his clothes. Lenore would like to have some warm sleeping bags for the family, and a tent “that doesn’t leak.”

Sally and Mike could use warm clothes, blankets and shoes

Sally and Mike are a couple who became homeless when their landlord raised their rent, and they could no longer afford the rental unit.

They are waiting for a federal rental-assistance voucher, so they can obtain a rental home. Both Sally and Mike receive monthly income from Social Security disability benefits.

This couple needs some warm clothing and shoes. Some warm blankets would also be appreciated for the cold winter nights.

Homeless family needs clothes, shoes and games

Cathy is a single mother with two sons, Billy and James. Like so many other families, they became homeless when their rental home was sold and they couldn’t afford any of the rentals they came across. Cathy’s Christmas wish is for warm clothing and shoes for herself and her children. The boys would also appreciate some games and toys from Santa for


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