Special-needs children would love Christmas cheer

Two Kauai families looking after and loving special needs children could use some holiday cheer.

David is almost three years old has autism and has been receiving services from Easter Seals Hawaii for about a year. His mom is a school teacher and his dad works sporadically, so it is difficult for them to provide for their son. Recently, they had to move in with dad’s parents because they could no longer pay rent at their house. David is in need of some educational toys to help with his development.

Another youth facing challenging times is Greg.

The two-year-old has a genetic syndrome that makes it hard for him to eat. He has two older brothers who have the same syndrome. The family is struggling financially due to lots of trips to Oahu to see the doctor. They would benefit from being able to buy Greg some educational toys and books that he loves.

The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund was established in the early 1980s to help families like these during the holidays. Donations to the Christmas Fund are 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.

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 these stories, but the situations described are real.

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