Those with little seek a little help

Jean is thankful for having an awesome support group that has helped her overcome many challenges. She is currently seeking employment.

“I would love to give back to the community and am searching for that opportunity to do so,” she said. “I don’t have any family. My only family is my housemates.”

Jean doesn’t have very much and would love to be able to purchase some new clothes, shoes and bedding as she continues of her path to get a new start in life.

“I am determined to be a good example for others who have been and want to make a change and go in the right direction,” she said.

Jean 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 Tom is a 27-year-old recovering addict. He lives in a great, clean and sober home, struggles everyday with his past but is working through it. His goals are to pay his fines and get an education and he is saving money to purchase a new one.

”My family is of no support so I am on my own,” he said. “I work but not steadily. I would love to have a new pillow and alarm clock. A new pair of shoes would be great as well.”

w Kalei is 52 and is working, but has little for the holidays. He would love to have a couple of new shirts, shorts and slippers.

“I have a great support family,” he said. “I am very thankful everyday that I have turned my life around for the better.”


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