Zonta continues to help those in need

With Christmas just around the corner, there are still numerous people on Kauai facing challenges who could use some help.

Evelyn is a 10-month-old child with fine and gross motor delays. She lives with her parents in a small apartment along with her grandparents and uncle. Her mother is currently unemployed and her father can’t find work due to a medical diagnosis. Her parents are committed to helping her progress through therapy with Easter Seals. Due to financial strain the parents are unable to purchase clothing and toys for Evelyn this holiday season. Her parents would appreciate any financial assistance given.

Kyla is a timid and kind young girl. She is a toddler and just leaning to talk in complete sentences so any kind of games involving animals, sounds, ABCs and numbers would be helpful. She really loves reciting names of things she recognizes. She is in the middle of a battle between her parents, experiencing a lot of domestic violence and drug abuse. She lives with family for now but it is uncertain how long that will last.

Through Christmas Eve, The Garden Island is sharing 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.

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 being assisted by the Christmas Fund. While the names are changed, the situations are real.

– Emily suffers from early Alzheimer’s disease and her family also lives with her. Her income is very limited and is used mainly for rent and medication. Her family does not support her financially so she uses her funds to purchase groceries as well. She is in need of new clothes and shoes.

– Due to drug problems, Zack’s family doesn’t want to associate with him and he was kicked out of his parent’s house. He could really use bedding, laundry soap, dishes and food.

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