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Toys, warm clothes and perhaps a DVD player and a few movies will help this mom and her two kids, still recovering from the trauma of domestic abuse.
Pam's two young children, Mike, 6, and April, 4, are still excited about Christmas — even though she has told them there won't be many presents this year.
Pam is still healing from the broken foot her husband inflicted upon her. After hospital staff had a Dunn House advocate contact her, Pam was assisted in finding a place to live. Her husband was arrested and is in prison.
Pam worries about when he gets out, but wants to focus on providing a good life for her children.
Pam looks forward to the day when she and her children can be in a place to give back to other families who have experienced abuse. For now she is in a support group and eventually hopes to be a volunteer with Dunn House.
Mike loves Hot Wheels and building toys, but could also use a fleece jacket size 8-10 boys. April wishes for Zoobles and Play-Doh, but also needs warm socks and a snuggly blanket for her bed. Pam wishes that she could take the kids out to do a little shopping for each other; a gift card to Target or a similar store would help them do that.
They have a small TV. But Pam said a DVD player and some family movies would be a wonderful treat as they cannot afford to go out to the movies.
For herself, Pam would like a warm scarf and gloves. She likes to write, so a journal and pen would be welcomed gift, too.
To help this family, contact Gerry at Community Works at 541-779-2393, ext. 222.