Christmas fund benefits all ages

From keiki to middle-agers to kupuna, there are many who would welcome a little something this Christmas.

Let’s start with Carl, an elementary school student who doesn’t have much and has a disability that makes daily life a challenge. He loves playing with toys and would love to have a few new toys for Christmas. That’s all it would take to bring a smile to his face.

Then there is Crystal, a woman with intellectual disabilities who recently lost her father. She is a happy, funny person who likes listening to music, dancing, Zumba and socializing. She lives with her mother and would love an iPod to listen to music while she takes her morning walk or rides the bus.

And then, there is George, who is battling health problems. He lives with his cousin and has a difficult time communicating. George is friendly, humble and hard working, enjoys the outdoors and is fond of watching sports. He would appreciate any help with new gardening tools and supplies.

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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