Clothes, tools would help

The Jones family was one of the many affected by the Kauai flooding of April 2018 and has been struggling to make ends meet since. They lost many items in their apartment including their hot want heater, stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer, power tools and more.

Momi has been homeless for rover three years and suffers from mental illness. She has been sleeping on the streets since. Momi might be getting into a group home soon as she is on the waiting list. Momi is friendly and likes to talk story with people. Momi could use a new tent as the one she has has become worn with all the bad weather we have been having.

Carl is an elderly and disabled person who lives with his wife. He has been in and out of the hospital often. On a good day he can get up but most of the time he is in a wheelchair. They don’t appear to groom themselves or take care of their home. Carl and his wife could use some help with personal hygiene and with their housekeeping. Some help for them to clean up their apartment and new towels for them to use would be a good gift for them for the holidays.

Rob is a thirteen year old man who struggles with temperament and school attendance. His role model is his father who is currently incarcerated. Rob would like to join his school football team and loves the water and water boarding. I believe that having the right clothes for football may motivate this youth to regularly attend school.

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

In the past two years, the fund has raised more than $50,000, and every dollar has gone toward bringing joy to those who otherwise would likely go without anything on Christmas.

This program has been around since the 1980s and is headed up by Dimples Kano, 93, who has led it for nearly two decades and refuses to retire because she loves the happiness it brings to others.

This year, about 400 families applied for assistance.

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

Anyone who donates $50 or more is welcome to have their picture in TGI. Please swing by our Lihue office between 10 a.m.and 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you know of any fundraiser for the Christmas Fund, let us know and we’ll spread the word.

Checks, payable to Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation, can be mailed to P.O. Box 3032, Lihue, HI 96766. For info,call Kano at 822-4517.

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