Single mom needs help setting up new home

Mia is a single mom to two boys, one of whom recently graduated high school. Mia has been staying at a transitional housing unit in order to provide a place for her and her boys to stay so they are not outdoors. Mia works full time, but with COVID-19, work has been sporadic. Throughout this difficult time, she and her boys have remained positive their situation would improve.

Recently, Mia was and her two boys were offered housing and eagerly accepted. With money being so tight, Mia would appreciate help with some basic items, pots, pans, utensils, towels, toiletries, linens and curtains.

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 the website,, or checks can be made payable to The Zonta Club of Kaua‘i Foundation, P.O. Box 3032, Lihue, HI 96766.

• Joana is a single grandparent of three young children. She is the sole guardian and caregiver of her grandchildren. Due to mental health challenges, neither parent is able to help raise the children, leaving grandmother to care for her grandchildren 24/7. Joana is just able to make ends meet after paying all bills by end of the month.

As the children continue to grow they are in need of clothing, and basic hygiene and food supplies are always helpful. Joana could use any support given to her, especially as the holidays approach as purchasing gifts will be extremely tight this year. However, it will warm and brighten their spirits to receive support for the upcoming holidays.

• Kai Gem is a 29-year-old male who is intellectually disabled with cerebral palsy, seizures, and other health medical conditions. He resides with his family in Hanama‘ulu and has a Personal Assistance Habilitation worker who works on his goals to increase his independence.

The request is for funding to purchase wipes and other living expenses as his family utilizes their out of pocket monies to purchase wipes monthly. Thank you for any assistance that you are able to support for Kai and his family.


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