Keiki hoping for Christmas gifts

Grant is a skateboarder and surfer. He lives with his mom and dad. They live out of makeshift houses that he and his family have made. Sometimes, the roof leaks and they have to fix it. Grant is learning to work, read and help his family. Even with all the things that come against him, he finds peace, strength and courage when he surfs or skates.

Another youth facing tough holidays is Doyle. He lives with his mom and dad even though they aren’t together. He prays that they will be together again. Doyle loves to surf and ride motocross. His dad just bought him a new bike. Doyle has a younger brother that looks up to him. He wants to be just like his big bro. Doyle hopes to show his little brother the right way to do stuff and not be bad.

These two are some of 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 or know of one, 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 Kyle was abandoned by his parents and was raised by his grandparents. He is struggling because his grandfather recently passed away. Now he only has his grandmother who is in a wheelchair and cannot drive. He is struggling in school and is on probation. He needs a bike to get around. He would like school clothes, supplies and a fishing pole so he can fish with his uncle when he doesn’t have school.

w Blake is living in a shack with his mother who uses drugs and is neglectful. He is overweight, has low self-esteem, no friends, is struggling in school and is on probation. He has no one to talk to and has no one to look out for him besides his probation officer and Halekipa mentor. He would like to do better in school and join the basketball team. Blake needs a bike, school clothes and supplies, shoes and shorts for basketball; also a bed and bedding for where he lives.

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