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Donations help those turning their lives around

Through Christmas Eve, The Garden Island will share daily stories about people (we don’t use their real names) facing challenges and who would appreciate a little help through The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund.

Today, we’d like to share the story of Alan, a recovering alcoholic. He will share his story in his own words.

“I have been in and out of rehab for about 25 years. My life has been and was so chaotic that one day, I decided that I just needed to straighten out. I have now been sober for over three years. It has been a tough journey but the support I have has been better than ever and I am getting my life together.

“My family has slowly been re-entering my life, which I am very happy for. I spend time with my grandchildren, which I was never allowed to do in the past. I would love to be able to treat them to a wonderful Christmas this year. My grandchildren are 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9. I love to be outdoors with them playing games.”

Another person who needs some holiday cheer is Sarah, another person recovering from drugs and alcohol.

“I have been living in a clean and sober house for quite a while,” she wrote. “It has not been easy but I finally realized that if I don’t change my life, I will end up in jail. I used to be homeless for many years. I have part-time job at the moment. I am trying to save money for a vehicle, some new clothes and a good pair of tennis shoes.”

Donations to the Christmas Fund are used by Zonta Club members to purchase local gift certificates that are in turn distributed to families in December.

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

For further information, call Dimples Kano at 822-4517.

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