Any gift can be a holiday treasure

Ms. Faith is an 85-year-old widower.

She has dementia and had to move in with her daughter when her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February. She lost her husband in March and also lost her young son-in-law to lung cancer in April. She was very independent and used to drive everywhere and enjoyed going to the beach. Ms. Faith manages to live on a small income. Her daughter has a full-time job and is now the sole caregiver for her. Ms. Faith would appreciate anything that would help contribute to the household this holiday season.

Mr. Akino took an early retirement to care for his wife who is 61 years old and was diagnosed with lupus. She has to endure dialysis three times a week because of kidney disease and heart problems. She lost a large amount of weight and is very weak. They have no family who can assist with her care. Any assistance that could be extended to Mr. and Mrs. Akino would be greatly 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.

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 Eugene has dementia and is very forgetful and cannot take care of his basic needs. He lives with his son who works only part-time at a restaurant as he has to take care of Eugene. They can barely afford to pay the rent and at times, Eugene has gone without refilling his medication so they are able to buy food instead. They could really use new clothing and blankets.


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