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College-bound boy needs housewares

Six years in foster care haven't dimmed the 17-year-old boy's ambition. Now a high school senior, he has worked hard to maintain a 3.7 grade point average and hopes to start college soon after graduation in June.

Unlike most young people his age, he has no family to prepare him for this significant transition. The boy is a client in the Independent Living Program run by Community Works of Medford.

The program teaches young people skills to live on their own, but the boy is struggling to gather household items as he prepares for college.

This holiday season, he would appreciate basic supplies: dishes, kitchen utensils, glass baking pans, a toaster, a coffee maker. Gift certificates to general interest stores such as Wal-Mart or Target also would be a boon. Program organizers say certificates would allow the boy to choose his own items and would teach him to comparison-shop.

To help this boy or another young person in the Independent Living Program, contact Pat Carter at Community Works, 779-2393, Ext. 213.

Light One Candle is an annual Mail Tribune feature that focuses on the need of a single person, organization or agency during the holidays. For more information, call reporter JoNel Aleccia at 776-4465 or e-mail her at