Sharing stories helps needy

The Garden Island newspaper and the Zonta Club of Kauai are 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, 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.

Ernie needs clothing

and groceries

Eighty-one years-old and suffering from multiple illnesses, including painfully severe cramps in his lower extremities, Ernie needs your assistance this Christmas holiday. Clothing, Ensure and groceries brought to Ernie in his elderly housing complex would surely brighten his day and alleviate some of his discomfort.

Emma would love

food vouchers

Emma not only suffers from psychiatric problems but also a physical detriment, severe arthritis. At 63, she lives alone and is unable to shop for herself. She relies on her neighbors to look out for her and assist her in getting groceries. Emma and neighbors could really stock up her pantry with the gift of a food voucher.

Single mother needs

new linens for boys

Maile is a hard-working, single mother of two young boys. Earlier in the year, her son Christian, age 1, was diagnosed with cancer. Maile had to take time off of work to transport him to and from O‘ahu for medical treatment. At the same time, she needed to pay for childcare for her older son, 4-year-old Nathan. Maile has been unable to return to her job for over three months and has been living off of her dwindling savings account.

Christian still requires regular trips to O‘ahu for medical attention and this has been very costly for the young mother. The boys are in need of new bed linens but Maile would appreciate anything for the holiday season because she is overwhelmingly happy just to have her children in better health.

• Donations are tax-deductible, and should be mailed to Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation, c/o Dimples Kano, P.O. Box 3032, Lihu‘e HI 96766-6032. For more information, contact Dimples Kano at 822-9882.


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