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This struggling family of four needs clothes, cleaning supplies and more to help them recover from a living experience that would make anyone's skin crawl.
Mom and Dad have been on a stable road of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Mom works full time at a minimum-wage job to support the family, but one income is hardly enough. Dad sees their two girls, ages 31/2 and 6, off to school and then ventures out to look for work.
But finding a job for Dad is a difficult task as he has a learning disability which limits job opportunities. He is very discouraged about the family's situation and his inability to get a job.
A new setback has added to the family's challenges when they experienced an out-of-control cockroach infestation in their rented home. The mom was recently taken to the emergency room to have a cockroach removed from her inner-ear.
They also have had plumbing leaks and ventilation issues to add to the stress of their living situation. Unfortunately, they are not able to get their deposit back until issues can be resolved with the landlord. This is making it impossible for them to move to another apartment.
As the health challenges continue to increase, the family has had to get rid of most of their household items such as bedding, clothing, rugs, toys, stuffed animals and any articles that have had room for the cockroaches to nest inside.
Although this has been a difficult time for this family, the girls always make it to school and to the Family Nurturing Center. Mom continues to work and Dad maintains the daily routines for the family. They remain hopeful that their living situation will take a turn for the best.
The family would greatly appreciate clothing and toys for the girls, ages 6 and 4. The clothing size of the 4-year old is 4T, and she wears a size 8 or 9 shoe. She would also love a doll and a stuffed animal. The six-year-old wears a 6T and size 10-11 shoe. This child likes puzzles, dolls and children's movies.
Mom wears a size 1 pants and size small shirts. Dad's pants size is 32-32, his shirt size is medium.
They would be grateful for monetary donations that would enable them to move to another apartment. The family would also welcome cleaning supplies as they have used all they had trying to keep the house clean in the midst of the cockroaches. They would greatly appreciate bedding of all sorts, towels, a rug and a small television (their TV has to be discarded due to the cockroaches getting inside).
Donations may be dropped off at the Family Nurturing Center at 212 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Donors also may call 541-779-5242.