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Clothes, shoes and household goods would help this family embark on a new chapter in life.
Drug and alcohol addiction cost the Central Point couple autonomy as parents when state welfare workers intervened on behalf of their 8-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl. After more than two years of being drug- and alcohol-free, the family soon will see its child-welfare case closed, said Allison Redding, office manager for CASA of Jackson County.
The woman, 24, and man, 28, not only broke the cycle of addiction and dysfunctional relationships, said Redding, but also embraced caseworkers' suggestions to improve their parenting and preserve their family. Their commitment has been tested in the court system, treatment programs and with their court-appointed special advocate.
Determined to provide his children with a better home than the abusive one he knew, the father sometimes works 14-hour shifts, said Redding.
Lacking a driver's license, he rides his bicycle to and from work. He could use a warm winter coat, size XXL, a beanie hat, gloves and size 13 shoes. He would welcome gift cards to Ross, TJ Maxx or Walmart for work clothes.
The woman lacks warm sweaters and long-sleeved tops, which she could purchase with gift cards. She needs a pair of warm UGG- or Bear Paw-style boots, size 71/2, and would love a pair of ballet flats.
Warm clothes also are in short supply for the boy, who wears size 8 to 10, and girl, who wears size 5T. The girl loves pink and purple and anything princess-themed, and the boy is active in sports, especially football. As a family, they all want to see movies, play games, do crafts and work on scrapbooks.
Their home would benefit from queen-sized sheet sets, blankets and a mattress pad, as well as bath towels and hand towels. Pots, pans, cooking utensils and food-storage containers would feed their newfound love for preparing family meals.
A twin-sized bedding set and a Baby Alive to cuddle would make the girl's Christmas dreams come true. Her brother wants funds to pay for school activities and supplies.
To help this family who have faced so many obstacles and overcome so much, call Redding at 541-734-2272.
Reach reporter Sarah Lemon at 541-776-4487 or email@example.com.