Furnishing new housing would help Andy

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    Cyndi Ayonon, the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i Christmas Fund Committee Chair, right, accepts a $5,000 gift from Beau Acoba and Warren Haruki representing Grove Farm. The support for the Christmas Fund includes “the purchasing of gift cards from various local businesses, then working with various agencies to distribute these cards to families in need resulting in a great outcome and a win-win for all.”

Andy is single, elderly veteran who is currently living out of his van. He has mutliple health issues and is often in and out of the hospital due to a variety of health problems. Andy has always attributed his health problems to his homelessness, and felt that if he had a home his health would improve.

Andy recently accepted housing and is eager to move in. Due to his limited income, he will need help with furnishing his unit with the basic necessities such as toiletries, curtains, pots, pans, utensils and linens. Andy would be happy with any thing that is offered, he is just excited to be able to have a home.

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

w Keani (9F), Kalia (SF) and Keoki (7M) are three young siblings. Throughout their life, they have experienced homelessness, physical abuse and neglect. Keani and Kalia have also experienced sexual abuse by a family member.

These resilient children have been in foster care for over a year and although they are grateful to have been able to stay together, they have recently had to move to a new foster home. They are adjusting well to their new home, but their new foster caregivers have multiple other children to care for, as well. The children’s biological parents have relapsed in their sobriety and the children will likely remain in foster care until a permanent caregiver is found for the children. This Christmas, the siblings are hoping for games, art supplies and costumes to dress up in.

w Due to COVID-19, Ryan and his family have been unable to work, due to low tourism and recent birth of their third child. They have lost a great deal of income they normally would be able to provide for their family.

With the holidays around the corner they have reached out with some requests of diapers, bikes and helmets, and a bunk bed. It has been challenging for the family to navigate their losses, any assistance would greatly be appreciated.

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