Clean and sober dad would like a happy holiday for wife, 5 children

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Baby things, warm clothes, books and toys will help this family in need.

The father in this family has faced a series of challenges. A hard worker, he has steadily supported his wife and family of five children, even as he struggled to overcome addictions.

He had been working and clean and sober when he was run over by a truck, which crushed his right leg and left him unable to work, leading to a relapse.

The father has been clean and sober since getting involved in Community Family Court and drug and alcohol treatment services. He hopes to get into the Bright Future's program at RCC soon.

But although the family is beginning to stabilize, they are still struggling financially.

All the children need clothing. The 2-month old baby boy needs everything a baby would need, and wears size 3-6 mos.

Their 11/2;-year-old girl wears clothes in size 18-24 months. She loves baby dolls, rocking horses, push toys and toys she can ride.

The 4-year-old girl wears size 4-T clothes. She loves baby dolls with diapers and strollers and anything pink and purple. She would also like a bike, helmet and pads.

The 5-year-old boy loves Transformers and drawing and would love a bike helmet and pads.

The oldest child, a 9-year-old girl, wears size 9-10. She loves Hanna Montana, reading Jennie B. Jones books and arts and crafts. She, too, would love a bike, helmet and pads.

The parents didn't ask for anything. But the dad is trying to raise $200 to get his drivers license and insurance back so he can help his wife more. Mom would benefit from any type of self-care items or gift certificates. Mom does so much for the children, but never makes time or gets things for herself, Dad said.

If you can help this family, contact Edy at the Family Nurturing Center at 541-779-5242.


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