Houseless family finds a home, needs necessities

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Cyndi Ayonon, chair of the Zonta Christmas Fund, accepts a contribution from the Kaua‘i Government Employees Federal Credit Union, Friday.

Gavin and his wife, Gianna, and their 8-year old son Grayson, have experienced difficulty in finding a home to rent in their price range. With a young family to care for and the COVID-19 pandemic, Gavin has had a difficult time finding stable employment, and has been moving his family around from house to house, staying with family and friends, so that they would not have to stay outside.

Gavin and his family recently got offered a home, and they are excited to have a place to hang their hats and hearts. However, this struggling family will need some help with getting some of the basic necessities. The family is requesting pots, pans, toiletries, towels, curtains and linens.

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

• Malu is a 25-year-old male who is intellectually disabled with autism and nutrition concerns. He lives in ‘Oma‘o with a live-in caregiver, which is his single mother. Malu is very close to his family. He attends adult day health at Easter Seals and has a personal-assistance worker who helps him on his goal to increase his independence. The request is for any assistance to correct his front teeth from an injury that occurred a few years ago.

  1. randy kansas December 21, 2020 8:29 am Reply

    the Habitat store is good for that sort of thing; maybe hit a few garage sales too; have always wondering if Ross or Walmart, Costco or the new Target coming, might be able to donate basic items;

    with all of the vacation rentals, food places and hotels closed or out of business, should be plenty of items not being used there too;

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