New clothes would give lift to teen

Bruno grew up on Kauai and at the age of 15 he entered into foster care because of unfortunate circumstances at home. He soon found himself hanging out with the wrong crowd and dealing with some challenging situations.

However, in the last two months, Bruno decided to turn his life around. He has worked hard to finish his high school credits so he can graduate, something he never thought possible. He is now working on his senior project and looking forward to going into the workforce and making a life for himself.

Bruno has faced so much tragedy, but has used that to motivate him to rise above.

But he could use a little help.

Bruno is in need of new clothes, as he is filling out applications and going to job interviews.

“I would be so grateful to have new work clothes,” he said.

The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund assists hundreds of families during the holidays, including men just like Bruno.

Families apply for assistance through social service agencies, which in turn connect with the Zonta Club of Kauai. It uses donations to buy gift certificates for those in need, which are distributed to the families. The certificates can be used for gifts and groceries.

Donations of $100 or more are being matched by the Hale Uluwehi Kauai Fund’s offer up to $10,000, which means your gift to help those with little is doubled. The community already matched the fund’s $5,000 initial offer, so it was increased.

The Garden Island newspaper shares stories daily about those who could use assistance this holiday season. While the names are not real, the situations described are.

There are no administrators collecting salaries. This program is run by volunteers.

Only monetary donations are accepted. Checks, payable to Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation, can be mailed to P.O. Box 3032, Lihue, HI 96766.

If you have any questions, please call Dimples at 822-4517. The 92-year-old continues to put her heart and soul into this program.

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