Young families, teen would welcome assistance

Young families are facing difficult times this Christmas

Sunny lives with her extended family. They were just told they would have to move and find a new place to live. They are already struggling with the rent and have secured a new home but with a rent increase. They don’t have any other resources to help and have already made drastic educations to their monthly budget including Sunny’s enjoyment of going to eat at a restaurant occasionally.

Reya is a single mom of two children. She juggles working part time while trying to be a present mother and eventually return to school. Reya is in need of personal hygiene products for herself and for her children and clothing for herself and her children. She has been recovering for over a year and prioritizes her children and their needs first. She is often willing to neglect herself. Reya would benefit from a nice outfit for job interviews.

Becky is 13 and her family is homeless. She goes to school in the morning and comes home to sleep in a car. She takes cold showers at the harbor and doesn’t have her own space. She likes shopping. However, her mom has a hard time getting food. They run out of their EBT every month and they have no fridge to store food or kitchen to prepare it. If Becky could receive something special this season, it would mean a lot.

The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund was established in the early 1980s to help people like Sam 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 recorded. There are no administrators collecting salaries. Volunteers run the show.

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 Christmas:

w Michael is a happy 8-month-old who is cheerful because his parents are optimistic. Dad is happy to stay home and bond with his baby. The family also has a 9-year-old sister, Marie, who is in the fourth grade. Although parents and children are cheerful, times are difficult because dad has lost his job. They are getting by but it’s not easy without the dad’s income for necessities. It would be great to get educational toys for the children or warm clothes for them both.

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