Woman hoping for help with kids’ Christmas presents

Alanay is a 29-year-old recovering addict who isn’t asking for much this holiday season. She has battled back from difficult times and is trying to create a new life for her family.

“I am very dedicated to staying clean and sober not only for myself but for my two beautiful children who I am now allowed to spend time with,” she said. “I would love to be able to provide them with some school supplies and clothing as well.”

As for herself, Alanay would like a new pair of shoes and some toiletries. She isn’t expecting much for Christmas but is hoping for the best for her children and appreciates any help.

“Thank you for your time and consideration,” she said.

Alanay is just one of the people The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund hopes to help during the holidays. Donations to the Christmas Fund will be distributed by Zonta Club members, who purchase gift certificates at local stores to make wishes come true.

Each donated dollar is accounted for and carefully recorded. There are no administrators collecting salaries. Volunteers run the show.

If you hold a fundraiser for the Christmas Fund, let us know and we’ll spread the word. Anyone making a donation of $50 or more may have their picture presenting the check to Zonta published in TGI.

The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund was established in the early 1980s and has helped thousands of families.

Only monetary donations are accepted. Checks, payable to Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation, can be mailed to P.O. Box 3032, Lihue, HI, 96766. For more information, call Dimples Kano at 822-4517.

The following are stories of just a few of the people who could use our help. While their names have been changed, the situations described are real.

w Phillip struggles with depression.

“I am thankful that I was able to live in a home that has people in it that were like me,” he said. “This is my family now.” He said he recently started a job but is in need of basic items like clothes, shoes and laundry detergent.

w Thomas is a 60-year-old man overcoming many challenges. He has little money and would love to be able to purchase a new bed and some new slippers. “My Social Security is limited and I can only afford rent and some food so all the extras cannot have at this time,” he said.

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