Christmas fund helps the unemployed

Jay lost his job after suffering a motorcycle accident.

Shortly after, he became homeless.

He’s trying to get back on his feet and could use clothes for job hunting, shoes for walking and hygiene products to groom himself.

Bernard, meanwhile, just got out of jail and also needs everyday items like clothes, shoes, shampoo and soap this holiday season.

These are a few of the people The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund will benefit.

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.

Here are some stories of other people who will benefit.

w Billy and Lavern are a homeless couple who ran into some hard times. Billy is disabled and Lavern is having difficulties obtaining a job. They are seeking shelter in a bus and would love a blow up mattress, sheets blankets, hygiene supplies, flashlights and a propane tank to cook their meals.

w Vernon is unemployed. He works cash jobs when he can but doesn’t have anything consistant to save money. He could use a blanket, pillow, hygiene products and new clothes for the interviewing process while he looks for work.

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