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A little cash, a warm blanket, some boys' toys and a red hoodie will help this family have a better holiday.
Shelley and her two sons fled from her abusive husband in July with the help of the folks at Community Works Dunn House.
Their journey to safety has not been easy. But Shelley is committed to supporting her children, ages 9 and 14, and helping them all heal from the abuse and trauma of domestic violence.
Shelley and the boys live in a two-bedroom apartment in Central Point. She works two part-time jobs and is hoping to go back to college next fall.
She recently told her advocate with Community Works Victim Services that she was doing her best to get by, but was worried about her sons because she cannot provide much of a Christmas for them. With utility bills increasing for the winter, Shelley does not have extra money.
Jason and Greg both enjoy sports; basketball and bowling are their favorites. Jason is fascinated by science and would really like to have a science experiment set. He also likes everything Batman and hopes for movies.
Greg, like most teenagers, likes music and would like an MP3 player and headphones. Greg also enjoys art, especially woodworking and design. He could use a red hoodie (size L).
Shelley told her advocate she doesn't need a gift. But then added if she could get some help paying her utility bill, she could then take the boys out to the movies for a treat during their school break.
Greg has thanked his mom for being brave and getting them to a safe home. He says she could use a new blanket for her bed and some towels.
The family could use a gift card for groceries, as well.
For more information, contact Gerry Sea at Community Works, 541-890-2937.