Small gifts make the holiday bright

Slippers, and a dinner, would mean everything to a Kauai senior this Christmas.

Mrs. Annie Smith is an 85-year-old woman who lives with her son, who is also her caregiver. Mrs. Smith is no longer able to walk and is mostly bed-bound. She has a wonderful spirit and is very funny. Even though she is dependent on others, she puts the well-being of her family before her own. 

She likes to eat soft fruits and vegetables. She loves to watch daytime television. Mrs. Smith would appreciate a nice dinner that she can enjoy at home with her son and perhaps a nice, fuzzy pair of booties to keep her feet warm when she is in bed watching her favorite shows.

Annie is one person who would benefit from the Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund.

Through Christmas Eve, The Garden Island is sharing stories of families facing challenges who could use a little holiday cheer. Donations to the 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.

w Jenny’s life has been one of chaos. Her mother has been in and out of treatment facilities and jail since she was 3 years old, leaving Jenny with her mom’s boyfriend or strangers. At age 11, Jenny became pregnant by one of these strangers who took advantage of her. She decided to give up the baby and fell into a deep depression. 

She has little money for basic necessities. School outfits and shoes would mean the world to her.

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