Expenses for elderly often surpass income

The Garden Island newspaper and 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.

From now through Christmas Eve, 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.

Income barely meets

basic expenses

Moana is a hard-working 68-year-old woman who does housekeeping jobs to pay for her basic living costs. She moved to the islands from South America over 10 years ago, has no family support, nor does she rely on financial subsidies. Most of her income goes toward rent and utilities. She then buys groceries with what little remains.

Food and/or household necessities would definitely help her during this holiday season.

Life is tough for

elderly couple

Mr. and Mrs. Craft live from Social Security check to Social Security check every month. The elderly couple lives in a studio apartment that is too small for the two of them, and yet they make it work to the best of their ability. Mrs. Craft is caring full-time for her spouse and could really use some help with purchasing some personal care products.

Mr. Charleston

needs groceries

Mr. Charleston lives alone in somewhat substandard conditions. He no longer drives, and does his best to do what he can for himself. A gift certificate for some groceries to help brighten this senior’s holidays would be a welcome surprise.

• 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 Dimples Kano, P.O. Box 1120, Kapa‘a HI 96746.

For more information, contact Dimples Kano at 822-9882.

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