The Zonta Club of Kauai has donated $2,600 in Kmart gift cards for Hale Kipa Kauai youth and their families. The gift cards have been used to purchase “wish list” items for the holidays, benefiting around 60 youth and families.
The Zonta Club of Kauai, which works to empower women in Hawaii and around the world, donated the gift cards as part of its Christmas Fund in partnership with The Garden Island newspaper. This annual effort was established in the early 1980s, providing gift cards to youth and families in need during the holidays. The club raised $30,000 this year, benefiting nine agencies. Hale Kipa has been selected to participate for around 7 consecutive years.
Hale Kipa receives a wish list from each participating family and uses the gift cards to make purchases during the holiday season, which staff members pick up, wrap and deliver. Hale Kipa also hosts a small celebration for the families at its Kauai office. The stories of select recipients are featured in The Garden Island newspaper each year.
For more on how to help, visit zonta-kauai.org.
The Zonta Club of Kauai’s donations were featured in The Garden Island newspaper on Dec. 25, 2016. Read more here.
Recipients of gift certificates of The Garden Island/Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation Christmas Fund met with Zonta members for presentation. From left are Jason Honjiyo, Kauai Economic Opportunity; Melinda Montgomery, Hale Kipa; Deb Carney, Love the Journey; Dimples Kano, The Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation Chair for The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund; Anna Spivak, Child and Family Service; Alma Valvieja Umalla, Community Services for Developmental Disabilities; Pacida McDermott, Kauai Adult Day Care; and Natalie Issac, YWCA Shelter. Others receiving certificates but not pictured are Easter Seals and County of Kauai Agency on Elderly Affairs.
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