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Mom and 4 kids who fled abuse are starting over

Editor's note: Light One Candle is an annual series sponsored by the Mail Tribune that focuses on an individual, group or agency who could use a helping hand during the holiday season. Once that need is filled, donations may be distributed to others in need.

Personal belongings are the price this Medford family paid for its newfound freedom from abuse. New bedding and a few gifts for four children would help their mother save money to rent an apartment.

Abused since she was in her teens, the 41-year-old woman fled her domestic partner after contacting Community Works HelpLine, a 24-hour gateway to services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Community Works advocates helped the mother and kids move about a month ago into temporary, safe housing and connect with support groups. The organization’s Dunn House Shelter is Jackson County’s only accommodation dedicated to housing survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Amid all the family’s upheaval, the woman found a job and hopes her family soon will have an apartment to call home, said Amy Beard, Community Works development director. Each member of the family needs blankets, pillows and sheets, queen-size for the mother, full-size for the oldest boy and twin-size for the three younger children.

A play kitchen would delight the youngest child, a 5-year-old girl, who also likes dolls and learning toys. Her 8-year-old brother is a fan of Harry Potter and also enjoys action figures and remote-control cars or planes.

The 13-year-old girl would appreciate gift cards to Barnes & Noble, Ulta, Marshalls or TJ Maxx. Baseball- and basketball-themed items, hooded sweatshirts and gift cards to Starbucks, Red Robin or other fast-food restaurants are the 16-year-old boy’s wish.

Passes for activities, such as movies and ice skating, would expand the family’s horizons beyond their temporary housing. Gift cards for groceries and gas would ease some of the mother’s monetary burden.

To help, call Beard at 541-779-2393, ext. 228.

Mom and 4 kids who fled abuse are starting over