Sisters hoping for bright Christmas

Conchita is a 52-year-old female who is intellectually disabled and lives in Hanamaulu with her son and his family. She is employed at a resort as a dishwater and has a companion worker who helps with goals to increase her independence. She would benefit from assistance with food, clothing and household items.

Mia and Sue are sisters whose lives were turned upside due to the troubled relationship between their parents. The girls are confused, wondering why they don’t have the life they used to. They love to play “make believe” and draw, and would be happy with Barbie dolls and art supplies.

These are the stories of just a few who will receive help through The Garden Island/Zonta Club of Kauai Christmas Fund. This holiday season, more than 700 requests for help from the Zonta Club Christmas Fund have come in from families and individuals. Through Christmas Eve, The Garden Island will share stories about those facing challenges and who would appreciate a little help (we don’t use their real names).

The Christmas Fund is an avenue to provide that assistance. Donations are used by Zonta Club members to purchase gift certificates that are distributed through social-service agencies. In the last three years, the fund has raised about $80,000.

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 can have their picture presenting the gift published in TGI.

Donations may be made to The Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation, P.O. Box, 3032, Lihue, HI 96766, or by way of their website: zonta-kauai.org.

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