Holidays are tough for single father, young parents and grandparents struggling to raise families

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.

Dad struggles to raise daughters without his wife

Paul is a single father of four beautiful girls. Several years ago, his pregnant wife was killed in a car accident and he says their lives have been turned upside down ever since. The accident happened during the holidays, making this a hard time for all of them The girls need clothes and would love a computer to help them with their homework. They’d also love a tree. Paul says he doesn’t want anything except for his girls to have as normal a holiday season as possible.

Funds are tight for grandparents and their grandchildren

Grandma and Grandpa and three of their grandchildren live in a two-bedroom house. The children’s parents are currently living on another island because of substance abuse issues and legal matters. Both grandparents are retired and are in the process of legally adopting the children. Grandpa is in ill health and must often fly to O’ahu for medical care. The family covers most of their own expenses such as air, hotel, etc. but funds are very tight for this small family. Anything they could receive through the generosity of the community would help make their holidays brighter.

Lani’s grandpa struggles to raise his grandchildren

It is a struggle for this grandfather to raise Lani, age 2, and her two older siblings on a modest budget. Their natural parents suffer from substance abuse and are unable to raise their own children. Grandpa buys what he can for the children, although there is never enough money to buy all the essentials, including clothing and shoes for the children.

Teen parents trying hard to raise Jennifer

Jennifer, age 5 months, is the daughter of teen parents. Her dad works part-time while her mommy is finishing high school. They are devoted parents with very little money who give good care to their daughter and are trying to work toward a better future for all of them. They could use many things at this time of year to put smiles on all their faces.

Megan and her parents need your help

Megan, age 2, lives with both parents in a tiny, meagerly furnished apartment. Although dad works an outdoor job, depending on the weather, his modest income does not provide for all of the necessities. Her parents are very supportive of Megan, especially her mom who follows through with all of her daughter’s therapist’s suggestions. Help make their holidays a little more festive this year.


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