Kupuna hoping for Christmas help

Two kupuna are counting on their Kauai ohana to help them while they face health troubles.

Victor is 66 and suffers from serious health issues, which resulted in him being bedridden. He receives daily lunch from the home delivery Meals on Wheels program. His lack of mobility makes going to his many doctor appointments very difficult for his family members. They hope he can continue to live at home instead of going into a care facility. Some socks and a new comforter would be good for this winter.

Yoshie is 79 and lives with his daughter who is his primary caregiver. He had a stroke and is partially paralyzed but can walk using a cane. He has had multiple health issues including diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. His teeth are missing and decaying but he doesn’t want to see a dentist so his nutritional health is also a problem. He could use a walker to get around better.

The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund was established in the early 1980s to help people 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.

Others needing help this year:

w The father of Sanria’s two children went to jail in September and she has fallen behind in her rent, utilities, car payments and other bills. Despite her limited income, she was denied food stamps and receives very little financial assistance for childcare.

She goes to food pantries for food and also needs help with diapers for her 2-year-old daughter Kira, who she is trying to potty train. Both Kira and Kalei, 3, love books and could use clothes since they are growing up so quickly.

Sanria works full time and could use a gas card to help her get to work.

w Esther suffers from schizophrenia and anxiety. She has a very small income and is not able to afford medications on her own. Her house is a total mess and needs a thorough cleanup.

Esther is in need of assistance to purchase dentures so she can eat different types of food to improve her nutritional health.


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