Shezi lives alone, but her family and nurse check in with her daily. She suffered a stroke, which rendered her unable to use the entire left side of her body, and is now wheelchair-bound. Since her stroke she has not been able to work her full-time job and now lives on a limited, fixed income, which is used primarily for food and basic necessities.
Despite her stroke, Shezi remains a thoughtful, kind and pleasant person to be around. She never focuses on her disability, but is instead optimistic and has a giving and genuine heart. Over the last year, Shezi’s wheelchair has deteriorated, rendering it challenging to function. She could really use some resources to help her purchase a fully-functional wheelchair so that she is able to get around safely.
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, Lihu‘e, HI 96766.
• Annette is a single mom of two teenagers. As a single mom, Annette has struggled with finding affordable permanent housing in the past. She recently found affordable housing, and only has one wish this holiday season. With moving into a new place, she needs the basic necessities for her and her family: twin beds, towels, linens, kitchen items and jackets for her children. Although Annette works, all her money goes to food and necessities for her children. With moving into a new place, Annette is hopeful that this is a new beginning for her family.
• Anuhea and Ailani are sisters. They are currently living with their auntie after their father was unable to keep them safe in their family home. They are doing well at their auntie’s house but are missing spending time with their family in their former home. They have been working hard in therapy to heal from the trauma that they have experienced. They are sweet, smart girls who would love to buy themselves new clothes and electronics this Christmas.