Holiday donations to benefit struggling families

Calvin is a 2-year-old boy who lives with his mom, dad and older sister. He has speech delays so he is receiving speech therapy from the Easter Seals. He has made progress but what would be really helpful for the family is if they could receive some educational toys and books to help him along.

Virgie has early dementia and lives with her daughter and family. Her daughter is her primary caregiver, so she is not able to work. In addition, she also takes care of her three children. They are struggling to make ends meet with rent, medication and groceries. Virgie has become depressed due to her physical decline and added financial stress.

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

TGI and the Zonta Club of Kauai are teaming up again 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 gift certificates at appropriate businesses to help make their wishes come true. Each donated dollar is carefully recorded, account-ed for and spent wisely. Any administrative costs are paid for by the volunteers like Yoshiko “Dimples” Kano, who has been chair of The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund Committee for more than 20 years.

Individuals, clubs, schools and businesses are encouraged to rally behind the Christmas Fund. 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.


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