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Walking family can use sturdy shoes, warm coats

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.

Lacking transportation, this Medford family walks to nearly every destination, including appointments to help a child recover from abuse. Comfortable, sturdy shoes and clothing to keep the boy and his parents warm and dry are more vital to this family than to most.

Making numerous trips on foot to Laundromats, the family could rest and enjoy some free time if their home had a washer and dryer, which also would save them money. Because buses don’t run at the early hour when the 30-year-old mother must leave for work, she walks for hours each week. Her 51-year-old husband walks with her partway to ensure her safety.

The family’s sense of security was shattered when someone outside the family abused the 9-year-old boy. Treatment and assistance come from Medford’s Children’s Advocacy Center, the setting for forensic interviews, medical evaluation, treatment and diagnosis of child abuse, in addition to therapy services.

During such dark times for this family, they face many dark mornings and evenings traversing town in the cold. Heavy coats, gloves, hats and umbrellas would shield them from the elements. The boy wears tops in size medium or 8-10, size-10 pants and size-2 shoes. He would prefer a dark-colored coat in his favorite colors: red, blue and black.

The mother wears size-9 shoes, size-20 pants and 2XL shirts. Her favorite colors are pink, black and light blue. The father wears size-7 shoes, 32/32 pants and large shirts. He’s a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and NASCAR racing.

Although the family wishes only for necessities, a sense of holiday magic would fill their home with a few age-appropriate toys, perhaps a bicycle and helmet, for the young boy. Gift cards for groceries would furnish a festive meal.

To help, call the Advocacy Center’s Ginny Sagal at 541-734- 5437.

Walking family can use sturdy shoes, warm coats