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, this 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.
Clothes, shoes and a gas card are Freddie’s simple needs
Freddie loves plants and the out-doors. He is willing to talk to anyone who is interested in plants, and can do so for long periods. Unfortunately, he is not able to garden at his present residence.
Freddie is disabled, yet is willing to help out whenever he can. He is able to drive, and has a car, but does not go out much because gas prices are too high. A gas card for Christmas would really be appreciated. Freddie could also use some clothes and shoes.
Loving mom and keiki need shoes, clothes
Kealoha is a loving, caring mom with two children. Her son, Keoni, is 6, and her daughter, Lei, is 2. Kealoha is going to school to become a teacher. She has part-time employment, and will be moving into a permanent rental shortly. She would like to be able to get Keoni some books for him to read, and a doll for Lei. Both children could also use some new clothes and shoes. Kealoha herself could use a new pair of shoes, and maybe some clothes.
Young family struggling to better their lives
Albert and Lilly, a young couple with a 2-year-old daughter, are in temporary housing. Before they got this temporary house, they were homeless, living in their car. Both Albert and Lilly have found employment, and are trying to get into a permanent rental. Someday they would like to own their own home. Albert needs some tools for his job. Lilly just wants to find a permanent rental home for them. Both Albert and Lilly would like some clothes, a few books, and maybe a toy for Pinky.