Fund helps bring gifts this holiday season

While many are gearing up to celebrate the holidays with gifts, parties and dinners, others aren’t as fortunate. There are some who would appreciate any assistance to brighten their Christmas.

One such person is Sandra Johnson, is a 91-year-old woman who lives alone. Her husband passed away several years ago and she doesn’t have any family on the island. Due to her swollen feet, it has become difficult for her to walk. Sandra is filled with stories from her youth and will gladly share these stories with you. She is homebound and requires the help of neighbors to bring her to the doctor and to shop for groceries. Sandra does not have any material needs but would appreciate a hot meal.

Then, there is Ty, a smart and sassy young girl. She likes to play with babies and tools and could work all day with a play saw and hammer. She has been through some tough times lately, with a lot of traumatic stress and abuse in her life. She likes puppies and stuffed animals as well as coloring and drawing.

These are some stories of those who will receive help through The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund.

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, accounted for and spent wisely. Volunteers make this program a reality. There are no paid administrators. Donations go to help individuals and families.

The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund was established in the early 1980s. Yoshiko “Dimples” Kano has been the longtime chair of the Christmas Fund Committee. Organizers and recipients appreciate all contributions.

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: Yoshiko “Dimples” Kano at 822-4517.

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