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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, December 5, 2001

Advertiser Christmas Fund
Clothing for sons welcome

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By Rod Ohira
Advertiser Staff Writer

Their telephone and cable TV have been disconnected and if a relative had not paid a portion of the bill, the electricity would have been turned off on the last day of November.

Sept. 11 crippled their fledgling export business, leaving a McCully couple with no income other than $800 in welfare assistance — of which $750 goes to renting a two-bedroom apartment — and food stamps. "T.G." and her husband "C.G." have four boys, ages 10, 6, 2 1/2 and 8 months.

"We have enough to buy what we need in the house, like diapers," T.G. said. "We owed $220 on the electric bill and if my mother-in-law hadn't paid $138, they would have turned it off right away.

"It's pretty bad for us right now," she added. "We're living day-to-day. Someone could come to the door anytime saying you got to pay now or we going shut you off."

Sept. 11 put the couple's tropical fish exporting business into a deep hole.

How to make a donation
 •  Checks made payable to The Advertiser Christmas Fund should be mailed to
    Helping Hands Hawai'i
    P.O. Box 19155
    Honolulu, HI 96817
 •  Donations may also be dropped off at any First Hawaiian Bank branch.
 •  Anyone wishing to donate goods instead of money can do so at the Community Clearinghouse at 2100 N. Nimitz Highway near Pu'uhale Street. For details, call 536-7234.
"We had even flow before Sept. 11 but after (the terrorist attacks), some of our customers had to shut down. All of our customers are on the Mainland. There's a couple of them in New York. We could get shipments out — they just couldn't receive them (because of mailing problems on the Mainland). So we went from two or three shipments a week to nothing."

Her husband and his business partner have decided to hang in for at least another two or three months, T.G. said.

The couple recently received a used bunk bed from the Community Clearinghouse to replace one given to them by C.G.'s mother, which broke down. The bunk bed is in a small bedroom, where there is also a crib and storage drawers for clothes. They will eventually need a second bunk bed.

Clothing for her sons is an immediate need, especially for the second eldest boy who already weighs 98 pounds and has a men's 30-32 waist. The other three boys wear normal sizes for their ages.

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Recent donations:

In memory of David Garliepp and Billy Gibson Garliepp $25
In memory of a beloved grandson $25
In memory of Ken McLenahan $25
In memory of Takeshi Matsuwaka $100
In memory of Gabriel Sr., Remedious, Marcos Garduque and "Big Papa" $100
In memory of Susan Ignota & Ed $200
Roy E. Shigemura 20
Henry S. Arakaki $25
John R. Bigler $25
Kathryn N. Byus $25
Lynette Ching $25
Scott Matsuwaka $25
Dick & Jane Kirby $25
Kenneth J. Takamiya $25
Alexander & Mary Tim $25
Eugene H. Kamimura $40
Peggy A Blevins $50
Yvonne M. Nakata $50
Shelton I. Teruya $50
Ada J. Forbes $100
Janet S. Ginoza $100
Elyne C. Greene $100
Gregory P. Hee $100
Miriam Hicks $100
Dorothy & Raymond Packouz $100
Donald J. Cannata $250
Anonymous $25
Anonymous $25
Anonymous $100
Anonymous $100
Anonymous $200

Total $2,185
Total to date $13,115

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