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Simple gifts would be warmly received

Kina is a 11-year-old female living in foster care after being abused by her father and sexually abused by another caregiver. She was moved to a safe and supportive home environment with her hanai mother and feels very supported while she heals from her traumatic experiences.

Her hanai mother is unable to work due to a medical condition. This will be Kina’s first holiday season away from her parents and other siblings. Help with presents and other items would be appreciated.

Through Christmas Eve, The Garden Island will share daily, front-page stories about families and individuals (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 $200 or more can have their picture published in TGI.

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.

w Erica was living on the beach with her physically abusive boyfriend. She is looking for stable housing and getting her independence back. She enjoys yoga and meditation.

She would appreciate any assistance this holiday season.

w Misty is a mother of five children. She fled from their father, who was physically and emotionally abusive. She is trying to move off this island to better her children’s life. She enjoys pottery and yoga.

Her oldest daughter is 17. She enjoys time with friends at the beach. Her 14-year-old daughter enjoys taking pictures and drawing. Her 12-year-old son enjoys sports and fishing. Her 7-year-old daughter enjoys makeup and mini brands. Her 2-year-old son enjoys trucks and cars.
Source: The Garden Island

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