Megan and David have five young children, Josh, Sam, Kelli, Kortney and Jennifer. David recently lost his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been unable to collect unemployment. Megan stays home with the kids and manages their distance learning. Their car recently broke down, causing them to spend their Christmas savings on its repairs. They would really like to get the kids some new toys and bedding sets, and a bunk bed if possible.
Through Christmas Eve, The Garden Island will share daily, front-page stories about families (we don’t use their real names) facing challenges and who would appreciate a little help.
The Christmas Fund is an avenue for everyone to provide that assistance. Donations are used by Zonta Club members to purchase gift certificates that are in turn distributed to families and individuals through social-service agencies.
Each donation is accounted for and recorded. There are no administrative costs involved, and money goes directly to provide for those in need of Christmas presents and groceries.
If you hold a fundraiser for the Christmas Fund, let us know and we’ll spread the word.
Anyone making a donation of $150 or more can have their picture published in TGI.
Donations may be made by way of their website, Zonta-Kauai.org, or checks can be made out to The Zonta Club of Kaua‘i Foundation, P.O. Box 3032, Lihue, HI 96766.
• Brock is a 16-year-old boy with developmental and intellectual disabilities who suffers from frequent seizures. He lives with his parents and siblings in Kapa‘a and attends high school. Brock is generally a happy boy who loves his family and playing with his nieces and nephews. This holiday season, Brock and his family would love to receive any gift, but would greatly appreciate food, toys or household items.
• Charlotte lives alone and suffers from Alzheimer’s, but her family checks in on her every day. She is kind-hearted, and enjoys talking story with her family and peers. Her family is not able to provide financial support, so she relies on her limited fixed income, which barely covers her living expenses, food and medications. Charlotte has a beautiful voice and loves to sing. Sometimes, she will also serve as mistress of ceremonies for small group and family gatherings. She also enjoys arts and crafts activities as well as word-search puzzles. Charlotte would be so happy to get a new jacket and a throw blanket to keep her warm during this winter season.
• Victory is the oldest child in her family. Victory has overcome a lot of adversity and struggles, as she is a survivor and has been homeless for a little over seven years. Victory had been employed. Unfortunately, when COVID-19 struck she lost her job and income. With little income, she has had a hard time finding a place to rent. Victory connected with social-service agencies and was able to receive assistance and obtain housing. As Victory starts to rebuild her life, she is needing some basic necessities for her new home. Some of the items needed are pots, pans, utensils, toiletries, towels, linens and curtains. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.