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.
Medical expenses make life a challenge
Mazy developed diabetes at a very young age. She became depressed after being unable to continue working. She lives with her brother, who is on a limited budget. They try to make ends meet, but because of the medication she must take every day, it is a challenge to buy the extra things that would make her happy. A gift certificate would be very much appreciated.
Sally needs something nice to cheer her up
Sally is challenged with physical limitations, and is having a hard time moving around, which is depressing her. Her daughter may lose her job, which is an added stress since they were already coping on a limited income. Something nice to add to Sally’s wardrobe would help make her happy.
Toys would help Susie’s development
Susie is 6 months old, and was born premature, with a cardiac problem. She receives therapy services from Easter Seals’ Early Intervention Program due to her developmental delays. Her parents are young, and only her father works. Susie needs toys to help with her eye/hand coordination, and for stimulation.