Staff at The Garden Island newspaper and members of the Zonta Club of Kauai are again teaming up this year, and asking members of 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.
New sweater would warm Pedro’s lonely days
Pedro lives in a private care home, and has been depressed for a couple of months. His family never visits him, which is especially hard at this time of year. He spends his lonely days either reading or watching television. A new sweater or shirt would make him feel special and warm during the holiday season.
Gift certificate would help Mrs. Love and her daughter
Mrs. Love recently had a stroke, and is in the recovery stage. Her daughter is her primary caregiver, and as much as she loves her mom, she has been stressed with the added responsibility of dealing with the recent stroke.
They are on a very strict budget, and with the mounting hospital expenses, there is no extra money for them to spend. A gift certificate would be of great help for Mrs. Love and her daughter.
Janet helps others, and could use a new dress or blouse
Janet is a very independent lady who loves to make people happy by crocheting things for them. She lives with her daughter and family, and is on a fixed budget, but still helps to pay the rent. A new dress or blouse for the holidays would bring some well-deserved cheer to her.