Simple gifts could change lives

Keila is a young man with a disability. He is a good son who tries his best to listen to his mother and stay out of trouble. He enjoys gardening, fishing and fixing and riding dirtbikes.

His dirtbike, however, recently broke down and the cost to repair it was more than the value of the bike. Keila misses riding his dirtbike, so this Christmas, he would love another one and if anyone is so inclined, he would love a new fishing pole, too.

Barry is another man with disabilities who lives on a fixed income. He relies on his family for shelter and to help him with cooking and cleaning. Barry needs some of the basics, including clothes, a mattress and blankets. He would very much appreciate any help given to him.

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 Charles is humble and works hard, but has had difficulty finding a job. As a result, he is facing financial hardship and has very little this Christmas. He isn’t asking for much, just some nice clothes and shoes.

w Martin is homeless and stays with friends when he can. He does his best to stay out of trouble by being involved in sports, which leads to his Christmas request: sports equipment so he can continue to do what he enjoys and what keeps him healthy.

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