Christmas Fund going strong

Mandy is an elementary student who loves to paint and go to the beach. In the last year, however, Mandy was placed in foster care because her mother was too sick to take care of her and, as you can imagine, this has been very difficult for Mandy to deal with. Painting is fun and therapeutic for Mandy, and she would benefit from new paints and brushes.

And there is Sam, a young man who has faced many obstacles. Both of his parents are in jail and he has no family on the island. He has lived in foster homes, which makes it hard to find stability and focus on his studies. Something that would help Sam is having a healthy way to relax and take his mind off his struggles. Sam enjoys art, especially drawing, and a new drawing set would be much appreciated and help him find space to relax and be creative.

It is people like these that The Garden Island/Zonta Club of Kauai Christmas Fund helps. In the past three years, it has raised about $80,000 and helped about 2,000 families and individuals.

Through Christmas Eve, The Garden Island is sharing stories about those facing challenges (we don’t use their real names).

This year’s effort received a big boost when a donor pledged up to $5,000 to match donations of at least $150.

Donations have been coming in, from $100 to $1,000, and organizers say the fund drive is going well.

Donations are used by Zonta Club members to benefit applicants to the program, and gifts are distributed through social-service agencies.

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

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