A Zonta Christmas leads to brighter days

Two adult men are trying to turn the corner on new lives and would welcome your help.

Kalei is a 52-year-old recovering addict and is working. He is not asking for much — just a couple of new shirts, shorts and slippers.

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

Thomas, 60, has been clean and sober for over three years thanks to the support of his family.

“They are not related by blood, but by what we’ve all been through,” he said.

He gets by on Social Security and can only afford rent and some food.

“So, all the extras I can’t have at this time,” he said. “I would love to be able to purchase a new bed and some new slippers.”

Men like these, recovering from bad choices in the past and trying to start anew, are among 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 or know of one, let us know and we’ll spread the word. Anyone making a donatiob 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.

Real names are not used in this stories, but the situations are very much real.

Others needing help:

Mary is a 40-year-old recovering drug addict living in a community home.

“It’s been a very long and arduous journey but I am thankful as to where I am today,” she said. “There are some things that I would love to do like cook dinner for my support group and thank them for sharing their clothing. I would like to also be able to purchase a new bed and bedding, toiletries and maybe share them.

“I thank the power above that I am alive today,” she added.

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