Necessities would brighten holidays for low wage earners

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.

Hard work doesn’t pay Kimo’s way

Kimo is a hard-working, 60-year-old male who is determined to be independent and self-sufficient. Despite his uncertainties and doubt of being hired, he worked hard at finding a full-time job and recently acquired one. His employer is very pleased with his work ethic and commitment. However, his income will barely cover his basic living expenses.

Although Kimo says he doesn’t need anything, food and/or household necessities would definitely help him during this holiday season.

Camping gear would help Keani’s positive changes

Keani is a homeless, 29-year-old female who was abused as a child which has left her with a poor self-image. In the last two months, she has been working on pre-employment preparation and is applying for jobs. Despite her current living situation, Keani just obtained a part-time job and is determined to change her life and focus on the positive.

Because the rainy season is approaching, camping equipment or supplies, tarps and batteries would help decrease some worries for Keani.

• 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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