‘Edmond’ faces lonely Christmas

Deborah doesn’t expect much for Christmas.

She lives with her son but is alone most of the day while he is working. She is elderly and has a hard time walking, so it takes her a while to answer the phone or to get the door when her meals are delivered.

Although she is in pain, she always has a cheerful greeting and thanks the meal deliverer. A new set of towels and a basket of fruits would be a good gift for the holidays.

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 Edmond is facing the holidays with an array of health troubles — and he is facing them alone.

He confined to a wheelchair. He has heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and is paralyzed due to a stroke. This elderly client lives on low-income housing and is in need of a set of new towels and toiletries which would be a welcome surprise for the holidays.

w Jack is 92 and lives alone at a retirement community. He has been bedridden after his pneumonia attack and has very poor vision. He is appreciative when the Meals on Wheels Program driver brings his lunch because the deliverer is the only person he sees on a regular basis. A new comforter would be a good gift for him for the coming holidays.

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