Stress runs high due to physical, financial troubles

Paying basic bills is easy for many of us. For some, however, it is hard, especially when combined with physical problems.

Mrs. Jones is experiencing signs of Alzheimer’s disease and cannot be left at home. Her son, who lives with her, has had to cut back his hours at work so that he can take care of her. They are experiencing expenses for her medical treatments and medications. With his decrease in salary, they are struggling to keep up with their rent, food and utilities.

Lily lives with her sister and her niece, who are her caregivers. Lily’s physical condition is deteriorating and she needs more care at home. Her niece had to quit her part-time job as they are not able to pay for her in-home care. They are already challenged with other financial obligations, which stressed the household.

And then, there is Rose, who lives with her extended family. Her daughter is her primary caregiver and recently lost her job. They are facing financial challenges and were just told that Rose had a medical condition that requires tests on Oahu.

The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund was established in the early 1980s to help people 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.

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