Children, adults face challenges during holidays

The Garden Island

Cassie, Abe and Gina have had their lives disrupted due to family separation due to the oldest sibling being sexually assaulted by a family member. Some holiday sports and other activities would grant them a joyous Christmas.

Myra is a single person living on limited income and has had car problems. She wasn’t able to drive and therefore sought assistance for services through a home visit. She was grateful for the support. Providing financial help to fix her car and/or provide her a gas voucher would be appreciated.

These are just a few of the stories of those who will receive help through The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund that is under way.

TGI and the Zonta Club of Kauai are teaming up to make the holidays happier for less-fortunate residents. Through Christmas Eve, The Garden Island will share stories of families facing challenges who could use a little holiday cheer.

Donations to the Christmas Fund will be distributed by Zonta Club members, who purchase gifts certificates at appropriate businesses to help make their wishes come true. Each donated dollar is carefully recorded, accounted for and spent wisely. The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund was established in the early 1980s. Yoshiko “Dimples” Kano, has been chair of the Fund Committee for more than 20 years.

Anyone making a donation of $50 or more can have their picture presenting the check published in TGI. Only monetary donations can be accepted. Checks, payable to Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation, can be mailed to P.O. Box 3032, Lihue, HI 96766. Info: Kano at 822-4517.

The following are more stories of people who could use help through The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund. While the names have been changed, the situations described are real.

w Sissy is a middle-aged divorcee who is currently working on getting her life in order. She has been in trouble with the law and has paid her dues. She is now working on bettering herself each day. She is currently unemployed and has a hard time looking for work. Her car isn’t working and she has had to take the bus in order to attend her doctor’s appointments and other meetings. She can’t afford to pay for it all but is trying her best to do right. Having simple necessities like hair care products and toiletries would make her life easier for her. She has a big heart and has re-established a relationship with her children and is working towards her dream of living with them again.

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