This holiday season, every little bit helps

Eli has grown up with so much violence and abuse in his life, he has a difficult time understanding how other people live to help each other out.

His therapist would love to give him an iPod to listen to his favorite tunes and some iTunes gift cards to buy music. Music really helps him calm down and focus. Eli could also use a new bike to get out and enjoy the fresh air. He has been exploring the parks and streams by his new foster home and really enjoys the outside. He also needs a pump for his flat tires. 

He helps with chores as much as he can, and it would be great to send him to a fun summer camp, where he can learn from others who have positive behaviors to grow his loving heart. Any school supplies or snacks for school would be a great relief to him. He really wants to help his family and siblings for Christmas, so any gifts that he can give them would be great, too.

Aiden is a 2-year-old child who had surgery due to feeding difficulties. He receives therapy from Easter Seals and has follow up medical services on Oahu. He lives in a small home. 

His grandparents are supportive and care for Aiden while his mom attends school. Family members are invested in Aiden’s developmental progress. His grandparents have limited income, which they use to provide for the whole family. Clothing, diapers and toys would be appreciated.

These are some of the people 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.

Here are more people who would benefit from donations:

• Lois lives with her daughter and extended family. She suffers from Parkinson’s disease and early dementia. She has accumulated a lot of medical bills due to a recent hospitalization. Her only income is her social security which helps pay the house rent. Her daughter is not employed and is not able to assist with her medical bills. Due to her limited income, she is unable to purchase much-needed personal necessities, such as new clothes and a new, warm jacket. 

• Mr. Hope is a 72-year-old man who lives alone and is on dialysis three times a week. Mr. Hope is also wheelchair bound, and has high medical bills, but manages to stay positive and active.

• Sharon was caring for her husband Ikaika who has developed a serious heart problem. Ikaika’s medical condition has been stabilized so now she feels that she needs to return to work to support her four children and two grandchildren. During the 4 months that she was not working, she used up her savings so she can’t afford to buy the children any gifts this year. Toys for children ages 1-5 and clothes for teens would be a great surprise for Sharon. It would also be wonderful if they could celebrate the holiday’s and Ikaika’s improved health with a prepared meal for the family.

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