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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Advertiser Christmas Fund
King-size bed tops couple's wish list

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By Rod Ohira
Advertiser Staff Writer

When "R.G." and "A.G." were working as private security officers, they were earning enough to get by each month. A.G., however, suffered a heart attack and stroke in February, three months before his wife gave birth to their first child.

"It was hard before, now it's harder than that," said R.G., who was born in San Francisco, raised in American Samoa and moved to Hawai'i in 1999.

The family receives a monthly $712 welfare check and $265 in food stamps. There is no other source of income. They are awaiting word on Social Security supplemental assistance because of A.G.'s disability, his wife said.

A two-bedroom apartment in Waipahu costs them $550 a month and they spend an additional $85-$100 on utilities.

The struggle is compounded by the fact they cannot even rest comfortably at night.

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.
R.G. and her husband, who is 6 feet 5 and weighs 262 pounds, sleep on the floor with their infant daughter. They were using an old mattress but had to throw it out because the exposed springs were a danger to their child.

A king-size bed with headboard is R.G.'s biggest wish for Christmas.

"What I really want for Christmas," she said smiling, "is to sleep on a soft bed instead of the floor."

A bed would make it easier for her to get A.G. into his wheelchair, she said. "Standing him up from the floor is very difficult," she said.

The family cannot afford to buy a bed. "We're still paying for his wheelchair and canes," R.G. said.

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In memory of David Garliepp and Billy Gibson Garliepp $25
In memory of Edyth McIntyre 25
In memory of Leonard Fung, Joe Souza and Robert C. Souza 25
In loving memory of Mr. and Mrs. Philip J. Moore 25
In loving memory of Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Hodson 25
In memory of Pacifico "John" Padilla Jr. 25
In memory of Charles "Scrooge" Takahama 25
In memory of R.S.D. Kim from J.K. and R.S.D. Nakamoto 30
In memory of Kaoru 50
In memory of Larry Y. Okamoto 50
In memory of Derek Arita 50
In memory of Earle W. Sandison 50
In loving memory of my father, Harold Schollard 50
In loving memory of Tutu, Opa and Papa 75
In loving memory of Janet Tsutomi 100
In memory of Richard Grosso 100
In loving memory of Terresa Blaylock 100
In memory of Florence Keedy 100
In memory of Thomas and Annabelle Ching 100
In memory of Wing Yee and Sam Moi Wee 200
Lawrence A. Barr 10
Derek and Lenore L. Wong 20
Jennie W. Lee 20
Gerald J. Kier 25
Robert E. Allard, Cmdr. U.S. Navy (Ret.) 25
JCHS TAAC/Book Club 25
Caroline S.R. Lorenzo 25
Dorothy Miyamoto 25
Cheryl A. Buckman 25
Shirley Ann Mendez 25
Fannie H. Wong 25
Louise F. Barnet 25
Ian Douglas 30
William R. Loftin 50
Sharon and Jen 50
Margaret O. Canute 50
Robert and Mary Schornstheimer 50
Mr. and Mrs. Jensen Kino 50
Fely J. Gabriel 50
Patrick S. Leddy, Ph.D. 50
Kelly B. White 50
Frances A. Rogo 50
Benny Rol and family 50
Eugene A. Van Orman 50
Ellen M. Humphrey 50
Mildred L. Seastrom 50
Ray Agnes, KK 75
Hazel M. McBride 100
Elisabeth Knoke 100
Kim R. Ethington 100
Sgt. Maj. Walter F.L. Yap, U.S. Army (Ret.) 100
Cheryl J. Lenart 100
Annie and Max 100
Lance I. Teramoto, DDS 100
Loretta C. Oliveira 100
Alice K. Broderick 100
Henri Lysen 100
Shigeto Minami 100
John A. Richards 100
Jeanne L. Davis 100
Louie A. Hauser 100
St. Louis Hui 100
Amy and Bob Cheung, Cando Enterprises Inc. 100
Kleona Corsini 100
Herbert and Laura Harimoto 100
Kenneth K. Oshiro 100
Helen K. Freyer 100
Melissa and Kristie 100
Ann Rosa 100
Sarah Rosa 100
Kaiwi Soderholm 100
Max Soderholm 100
Gus Soderholm 100
Gabi Soderholm 100
Manoa School 4th-graders 125
Leonard and Marlene Olayan 150
Tjet Sun and Pui Heng Tang 200
Lawry family and friends 200
E.B. Holroyde 200
Matt, Andy and Carly 250
Anonymous 25
Anonymous 25
Anonymous 25
Anonymous 25
Anonymous 25
Anonymous 25
Anonymous 25
Anonymous 25
Anonymous 30
Anonymous 50
Anonymous 50
Anonymous 50
Anonymous 50
Anonymous 100

Daily Total $6,615
Previous Total $54,087.31
Cumulative Total $60,702.31

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Previous stories

 • Monday, Dec. 17: Disabled man seeks way to beat heat
 • Sunday, Dec. 16: Ex-con beachboy raising daughter
 • Saturday, Dec. 15: Crowded studio houses teen mom, relatives
 • Friday, Dec. 14: New bed is priority for family of four
 • Thursday, Dec. 13: Mother of three wants job to keep family from being homeless again
 • Wednesday, Dec. 12: Electric fan, microwave will help
 • Tuesday, Dec. 11: Vacuum sought for home of ailing child
 • Monday, Dec. 10: Household with seven children needs new refrigerator
 • Sunday, Dec. 9: Family lives in shed, seeks clothing
 • Saturday, Dec. 8: Children need bedroom furniture
 • Friday, Dec. 7: Stroke patient needs friend to get to therapy
 • Thursday, Dec. 6: Shriners patient needs shoes, transportation to appointments
 • Wednesday, Dec. 5: Clothing for sons welcome
 • Tuesday, Dec. 4: Ex-addict, abused wife reclaims life
 • Monday, Dec. 3: Disabled man seeks toy for grandson
 • Sunday, Dec. 2: Ailing son left family buried in bills
 • Saturday, Dec. 1: Woman says seventh child is chance to be good parent
 • Friday, Nov. 30: With its breadwinner laid off, family requests help for first time
 • Thursday, Nov. 29: Pacific immigrants struggle to stay here
 • Wednesday, Nov. 28: Couple forgo gifts, except for two keiki's
 • Tuesday, Nov. 27: Child's grave needs headstone
 • Monday, Nov. 26: Security officer, six children have to eat on floor
 • Sunday, Nov. $25: Holiday assistance badly needed this year