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  • Children of abuse could use a sign that someone cares

  • Skateboards and helmets for the two boys. Art supplies and toiletries for the girls. Haircuts and warm clothes for all. These simple holiday gifts may help ease these children's pain of abuse.
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  • Skateboards and helmets for the two boys. Art supplies and toiletries for the girls. Haircuts and warm clothes for all. These simple holiday gifts may help ease these children's pain of abuse.
    This struggling mom endured years of abuse which then trickled down to her five children, ages 5 to 18. Eventually, she and the children lived in a constant state of hyper-vigilance and chaos.
    It was not until this young mother learned her husband was sexually abusing his stepdaughter and two of his own children that she was able to take action. Four of the five children have come through the Children's Advocacy Center of Jackson County. Their abuser is in prison and now the kids must face the hardest task of all: how to grow up whole with the hand that was dealt to them.
    It is no surprise that all of the children in this family have struggled in school, academically and socially. But they are bright and creative kids who, along with their mom, are piecing together their lives as best they can.
    All these kids are all very artistic. Any acrylic paints, brushes and thick art paper (sketch pads) would give them an outlet for expressing themselves. The littlest girl likes all things related to princesses. Mom would love a turkey to give her children a festive dinner.
    Money is scarce and Christmas seems a distant dream with bills to pay and demons to fight. If you would like to help this family, please contact Anna at the Children's Advocacy Center at 541-734-5437.
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