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  • Young family short on the necessities as it seeks fresh start

  • Toys, clothes, pots and pans would help this family rebuild their lives and have a happier holiday season.
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  • Toys, clothes, pots and pans would help this family rebuild their lives and have a happier holiday season.
    This woman and her three children, nominated by the Healthy Start/Healthy Families program, fled their home in Washington state because of domestic violence, leaving behind most of their possessions.
    Mom was pregnant at the time. Now they're starting over here with the addition of the baby.
    She plans to start classes at Rogue Community College, hopefully next term. She wants to get an education so she can support her family.
    They live in a small apartment, and mom could use all the necessary items for her kitchen, from pots and pans to cookie sheets.
    The family's Healthy Start/Healthy Families advocate said they could use a couch and dining room table and chairs, and the children need dressers and pillows. The mom said an area rug would be wonderful for the baby's "tummy time," so important for the baby's development.
    The baby, Ashley, wears size 6- to 9-month clothing and size 2-3 in shoes. Learning toys would be helpful, as would sippy cups, a high chair and a Bumbo floor seat.
    Jimmy, 9, left his Razor scooter and helmet behind when the family fled, and he misses them. He also needs clothes (size 10 pants and 10-12 shirts) and shoes (size 2.5). Pajamas and warm slippers are also needed.
    An avid reader, Jimmy would like Wimpy Kid books 3, 4, 5 and 7. He would put a new backpack and school supplies to good use.
    Ana, 15, could use some skinny jeans (size 16 women's petite), warm pajamas and slippers. She wears a women's size large shirt and likes characters and neon colors. Ana would love a purple zebra blanket and likes makeup and hair accessories. She needs a computer desk and chair to create a learning environment at her home. Assistance with an Internet connection would help her complete her schoolwork.
    The family's apartment is set up for a stackable washer and dryer, and mom's dream is to be able to do laundry at home. "Imagine no transportation and a new baby and two other kids walking in the rain to get their laundry done," their advocate said.
    The family plans to stay in the Rogue Valley. Mom says the community has made them feel safe again. She acknowledges support from Community Works, Dunn House, Healthy Start/Healthy Families and La Clinica.
    Gifts can be dropped off at the Healthy Start/Healthy Families office at La Clinica's Women's Health Center, 910 S. Central Ave., or call Cheri at 541-690-3551.
    Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or sspecht@mailtribune.com.
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