Christmas tree on top of list for this family

Recovering addicts want to give their 5 kids some holiday joy

A Christmas tree, toys, warm clothes and new shoes would help this OnTrack family enjoy a merrier holiday season.

The Smith family was on the verge of homelessness when they entered OnTrack's emergency housing program in June 2010. The parents were using meth and their children exhibited signs of neglect because of it.

Now, nearly a year-and-a-half later, both Mom and Dad have graduated from intensive drug treatment and are stellar participants in the Community Family Court, say OnTrack staff.

The family has moved to independent community housing, and the children are enrolled in school and thriving under the watchful eyes of both parents.

But finances still are difficult. Dad works a construction job, but it is only part-time. Mom stays at home to care for their 1-year-old baby boy.

The family would like to have a Christmas tree and a few bulbs to mark the holiday, and a couple of gifts for the children.

The oldest child, 10-year-old Jaime, would love an MP3 player. She also enjoys arts and crafts of all kinds. Jaime wears size 14-16 clothing and 81/2; (wide) shoes, and could really use some warm winter items.

At age 6, Ricky is smitten with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee Transformers. He wears size 13 shoes and size 7-8 winter clothing.

Jessica, age 5, would like a Barbie doll of her own with a couple of outfits. She wears size 12 shoes and size 5 in winter clothing.

Blythe, age 2, wears size 24-month clothing. She is looking for a doll or a play pony to cuddle.

And the baby, 1-year-old Luke, is already crazy about toy cars and trucks. He would be a speed demon if he had a riding toy of some kind. Luke wears 18-month-size clothing and needs a few warm items.

Mom would like size 8 tennis shoes, size 15-16 pants and extra-large shirts. Dad needs warm winter clothing for work. He wears 40 x 32 pants, 2x shirts and size 13 shoes.

If you can help this family, call Pam at OnTrack at 541-772-1777.

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