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Christmas fund helps boy, 10, teenager

Billy is 10 years old. He struggles with school and lives at his father’s home, where he is outshined by his younger half-siblings. He is happy that his mother is back in his life and that he gets to spend time with her.

Though his mother is doing well, she works a management position part time and she wants to make this holiday season a good one for her son. A little extra help could help make this year special for them.

Gliott is 17 and has been taken out of his parents’ custody. His mom is homeless and using drugs and his dad has never been in the picture. He has been moved from one foster home to the next, struggles in school and with behavioral issues at home. He does well with one-on-one attention and guidance but doesn’t get the support he needs.

Gliott wants a bike and minutes for his phone so he can play games, listen to music and stay in contact with his family and friends.

The Garden Island/Zonta Club Christmas Fund helps people like these two young men this holiday season. Through strong community support, the fund is off to a great start. The community matched a $5,000 pledge by the Hale Uluwehi Kauai Fund, which then pledged to match donations of $100 or more up to $10,000.

If you hold a fundraiser for the Christmas Fund, let us know and we’ll spread the word. Anyone making a donation of $50 or more may have his or her picture presenting the check published in TGI.

The fund accepts only monetary donations. Checks payable to Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation may be mailed to P.O. Box 3032, Lihue, HI 96766.

For more information, call 822-4517.

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