Keiki counting on community

Several special needs children on Kauai share similar stories and would benefit from The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund.

Maile is medically fragile and has to have a tube to help with feeding. She has a lot of medical appointments. The family would really like to buy her some musical toys and be able to have a nice dinner for Christmas.

Alani is a two-year-old girl who has developmental delays and is receiving services from Easter Seals. Her parents work many hours and, as a result, struggle to find quality time to spend with their daughter. The family faces financial challenges and Alani doesn’t have many toys.

Mark is a one-year-old boy who suffers from chronic biological conditions and developmental delays.

Ikaika is a two-year-old boy who is delayed in multiple developmental areas.

Each of these keiki and their families are counting on the community for help this holiday season.

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.

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