Diabetes tough when homeless

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, 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.

Lori works two jobs and takes care of ailing mother

Lori works two jobs and takes care of her ailing mother Wanda. Each day between her jobs and after, she comes home to the housing project to assist her 77-year-old mother in dealing with her health issues by driving her to doctor appointments and numerous surgeries. Any assistance would be appreciated this holiday.

Ram homeless with diabetes

Ram is homeless and receiving a meager fixed income. He has health problems including being overweight which limits his mobility. Ram’s other health problems are a bad knee and diabetes. Ram’s fixed income barely covers his diabetes needs. Ram could use a little holiday comfort and donations to help him get a big tent, sleeping bags and a cooler to store his food which will help his blood sugar.

Broken back changes everything

Zac has been homeless for over five years. He broke his back on the job and after surgery, has never been the same. The pain he experiences is almost too much to bear so he takes an overabundance of prescription drugs just to hold down a job and work through the great discomfort.

He could really use a new tent, tarp, stove and food while he awaits Social Security approval.

• Checks should be written to Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation. 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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