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  • Family with health issues needs necessities

  • Editor's note: Light One Candle is an annual series sponsored by the Mail Tribune that focuses on an individual, group or agency that could use a helping hand during the holiday season. Once that need is filled, donations may be distributed to others in need.
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  • Editor's note: Light One Candle is an annual series sponsored by the Mail Tribune that focuses on an individual, group or agency that could use a helping hand during the holiday season. Once that need is filled, donations may be distributed to others in need.
    Medical care for their three special needs children is this Medford family's highest priority. Gas cards would help them afford the trips they make multiple times per year to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.
    A genetic condition causes severe developmental cognitive and physical delays for one of the 21/2;-year-old twins and their 18-month-old sibling. All three kids' weak immune systems frequently require emergency medical care, and they have many times suffered medical complications that could have been fatal. Yet they continue to grow and thrive with help from the Family Nurturing Center.
    The 23-year-old mother struggles every month to pay the household bills, purchase her children's medications and meet their special dietary requirements while working at an assisted living program for the elderly and taking classes at Rogue Community College.
    The mother purchased a laptop computer on credit in order to achieve her goal of obtaining a degree in early childhood special education. But the machine is malfunctioning, and she cannot afford to get it repaired.
    More important are basic children's items that become luxuries for poverty-stricken families like this one. Diapers, baby wipes, soap, lotions, crib sheets, comforters and pillows could be purchased with gift cards to Target, Fred Meyer or Walmart, along with warm winter clothes: long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks, footed pajamas and thick, hooded sweatshirts in sizes 3T and 18 months.
    The kids would benefit from learning and developmental toys, including blocks, puzzles, bath toys, a ring stacker, walker toy, large, beaded maze cube and coloring books with chunky crayons and pencils.
    This couple desperately wants to move out of the apartment complex that is unsafe for their children, but they cannot afford moving costs. Funds to put toward a rental deposit or their utilities would help give this family a brighter future.
    Contact Anne Ward at the Family Nurturing Center at 541-779-5242.
    Reach reporter Sarah Lemon at 541-776-4487 or slemon@mailtribune.com.
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