TGI/Zonta fund helps hundreds

With a day to Christmas, many could still use help from The Garden Island/Zonta Club Christmas Fund.

One couple, Allan and Samone, have been married for more than four decades. They have stayed together through the good times, and the bad.

Lately they’ve been facing more bad than good.

Samone recently suffered from serious health problems and Allan, while trying to look after his wife, is experiencing his own health strains.

Because they are on a fixed income, mounting medical bills and higher co-pays for medications have left little money for any gifts this holiday season. And really, the only thing they are asking for is basic necessities.

A little help in being able to purchase Christmas gifts for each other would be a wonderful boost.

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

While the situations described are real, the names are not. Others needing help:

w Mick Roon is a 21-year-old man who is intellectually disabled with autism and nutrition concerns. He resides in Omao with his single mother and is close to his family. He attends Kauai High School and wants one day to own his own self-employment recycling company. He has a personal assistance worker who helps him on his goals to increase his independence. Mick will be exiting out of DOE next year and would like to continue to increase his communication and computer skills. The request is for assistance in helping the family purchase an iPad to use at home.

w Luke is a 9-year-old boy with a moderate intellectual disability. Luke lives in a home with his father and three siblings. Luke is an energetic child who loves to smile, go to the beach with his family, socialize and play. Luke would benefit from food and clothing. Any assistance you are able to provide for the family would be greatly appreciated.

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