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Family of six lives paycheck to paycheck

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.

The father is disabled, and this family of six lives paycheck to paycheck. A few holiday gifts would boost their spirits, and a computer would help the kids with homework.

This family crowds into a small Medford apartment, where the 34-year-old dad does all the housework, gets the kids ready for school and cooks dinner every night. The 30-year-old mother works full time. Both parents have been clean and sober for more than six years, say caseworkers for CASA of Jackson County.

Every member of the family would appreciate new bedding and pillows. Outings to Lava Lanes, Tinseltown, Red Robin or Rogue Valley Family Fun Center would reinforce their bond.

The children, ranging in age from 2 to 12, all need clothes and shoes. While the parents, who hope only for a happy holiday for their girls, could use gift cards to Target or Walmart to purchase clothing. The family’s dearest wish is for a laptop computer that would aid in the girls’ electronic assignments for school.

The oldest daughter wears size 14-16 clothing and shoes in women’s size 3. She would enjoy a makeup kit, hair accessories and other pre-teen goods. The 9-year-old girl also is size 14-16 and wears size-6 women’s shoes. She would love a Paris purse, globe or any Paris- and travel-themed items.

Roller skates would delight the 6-year-old girl, who wears size 7-8 kids clothing and 13- to 1-size shoes. The youngest daughter, who wears size 2-3T clothing, would adore a baby doll with outfits that stay attached.

To help, call Karla at CASA, 541-734-2272. Or email kmcortes@jacksoncountycasa.org.