Christmas drive in full gear as holiday nears

Pua is the single mother of a 1-year-old boy. She left an abusive relationship with her son’s father. He is unemployed and does not help her. She works part time but her pay is not enough to last the month. Her young son loves music, dancing and being read to. He also loves toys with bright colors and any gifts Pau could give her son would make their holiday bright.

Malama left an abusive relationship and is busy with work, school and being a single mom. She has a new rental and her job pays enough for expenses, but she’d really like to see her children be able to open Christmas presents this year. Lani and Keanu, her kids, both want bikes.

Mary and her sons are also starting over after leaving an abusive relationship. They just moved into a new place and need furniture and household supplies. Nico wants Legos. He love to build things. Martin likes to imitate his big brother and wants even larger Legos. Building blocks would mean the world to the young family at this time.

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 the fund.

• Ashley is homeless due to domestic violence. She is on a fixed income and can barely afford food and a place to live. She wants her children to have a normal life.

• Taryn loves to paint and lost all her supplies. Her son would like a cellphone so he can keep in contact with his mom who he worries about. Her daughter would like makeup and new clothes.

• Deborah left a long-term relationship because of physical abuse. She hopes to return to family on the Mainland with her girls and she is saving to buy tickets. They all need suitcases. Her daughter would love to get some books. She loves science especially. Another would like a new doll since she lost hers. She would also like different outfits for the new doll.

• Bernard just got out of jail. He needs help getting things like clothes, shoes, shampoo and soap. He thank anyone who would be willing to make that happen.

• Due to a motorcycle accident, Pat lost his job and became homeless. He’s really trying to get back on his feet and could use clothes for job hunting, shoes for walking and hygiene products to groom himself.

• Maile has been abused her whole life. (As a child and now as an adult) She left her last partner and has been working on providing stability for her children.

One daughter loves to sing and dance and would love to have fancy clothes so she can put on a show for her mom. Her son would love to have his own magic trick practice set.

Another of her sons loves to ride and would love a tricycle like his brother’s.


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