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CHRISTMAS FUND: Single mom in need of clothing for keiki

LIHU‘E — Through Christmas Eve, The Garden Island will share daily, front-page stories about families and individuals (we don’t use their real names), who are facing challenges and would appreciate a little help this holiday season.

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 $200 or more can have their picture published in TGI.

Also, for every $250 donation given to the Christmas Fund, Hale Uluwehi Charitable Foundation will match up to $5,000.

Donations may be made by 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.

The following are some stories we would like to share with our readers.

• Jaycie is a single mom of four children, ages 1, 3, 8 and 10 years old. She struggled with substance use and homelessness for several years before getting sober. With her sobriety, Jaycie has been able to secure housing and reunite with her children who were placed in temporary care. She has worked hard to make a better life for her family and is committed to her recovery.

Recently, Jaycie registered for college and will begin classes in spring. She has been an inspiration and continues to support and uplift others in the program. Jaycie is in need of cleaning supplies (specifically a vacuum) and clothing (clothes, shoes, socks and underwear) for her children. Any help for her and her family would be greatly appreciated.

• Bryson has been struggling with homelessness and substance use for many years. His family has moved off island and he has no support to reach for. He recently lost his car and was moved from the area he was staying. Bryson is in need of clothing items, blankets and toiletries. Any help would be a blessing for him.
Source: The Garden Island

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