Please pitch in and help ‘Dimples’ provide holiday cheer

Yoshiko Kano doesn’t care for the spotlight. She doesn’t like too much attention. But we think she deserves it, so we’re giving it to her today.

Kano, known as “Dimples” to friends, is chair of The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund. For more than 20 years, she’s led the way. She’s the one who quietly follows through and makes sure things get done. She donates her time, energy and passion to the campaign to raise awareness and funds to help the community’s needy. There’s nothing in it for her, other than the delight of seeing others smile.

Along with everyone else, we thank Dimples for her dedication to making this Christmas fund a success.

Here’s how it work:

Starting today, and through Christmas Eve, TGI will publish stories of those who could use some assistance for the holidays. For instance: “Mehana is 10 months old with seizures and developmental delays. She lives with her mother and two older siblings. Mehana receives speech therapy twice a month from Easter Seals-early Intervention Program. Family would appreciate any assistance to buy food, household supplies and educational toys.”

The names of those in these stories are not real for the purpose of protecting their privacy, but the situations they face are very much real. There are stories of illness, unemployment and some flat bad luck. There are tales of men and women battling depression, drug and alcohol problems There are stories of homeless veterans. There are accounts of children with little to eat for breakfast or lunch.

All of them share a need for help.

Donations, checks are best, can be payable to Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation and can be mailed to P.O. Box 3032, Lihue, HI., 96766. Each dollar is carefully accounted for and used to benefit the adults and children outlined in these stories.

Donations will be distributed to needy families by Zonta Club members, who purchase gift certificates at appropriate businesses to help make their wishes come true.

To honor donors, TGI will publish a photo of those contributing $500 or more. If a child empties a piggy bank, a classroom holds a fundraiser or a teen gives up birthday gifts in lieu of donations to the Christmas fund, we want to hear about that, too.

Our goal this year is simple: To brighten the holidays for as many people as possible. We hope you will help us do exactly that.

We thank you. And Dimples thanks you, too.

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