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.
Ensure, Depends and frozen meals would help Tony and Sally
Tony and Sally live alone. Their only child lives on island but works days so he is unable to assist them very much.
Tony is not mobile and is confined to his bed 24/7. He needs assistance for all his daily activities. He has two nurses who assist Tony.
Sally suffers from leg cramps and although she does cook some meals she often forgets to turn off the stove. Tony needs Ensure and Depends and Sally needs frozen meals that she would be able to microwave for them.
Eduardo would love a nice holiday dinner
Eduardo is a 75-year man who lives alone. He is confined to a wheelchair and suffers from heart problems and arthritis. His children are grown and they provide transportation for him to the doctor’s and to other appointments.
Eduardo would be very excited to receive a food and fruit basket which he could use to prepare a nice holiday dinner.
Johnny and Martha could use PJs and dinner trays
Johnny and Martha are an elderly couple who live alone. Their grown children live off-island and there is no other family support. They suffer from multiple illnesses and like many elderly couples live on a fixed income that is consumed by medical needs. Johnny and Martha don’t ask for very much but little gifts like a pair of pajamas and a nightgown or TV dinner trays would be nice surprises for them this holiday.