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Independent Medford mother-to-be seeks baby-care necessities

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.

Since moving out of her family’s home a year ago, this young woman is thrilled to start a family of her own. Baby clothes and gear would give her daughter a strong start.

This 26-year-old woman experiences an intellectual disability, which qualifies her for support services from Living Opportunities. After holding a job, the woman wanted to move into her own apartment and has progressed over the past year in leaps and bounds — taking charge of her life, advocating for herself and enjoying her independence, says Jim Norris, chief operating officer for the Medford-based nonprofit organization.

Working part-time, the woman takes great pride in what she does and seeks new tasks, says Norris. She also is learning to cook, maintain her apartment and pay her bills.

Funny and full of laughter, this woman loves spending time with her family and is developing a meaningful relationship with her boyfriend, says Norris. Eagerly anticipating the April arrival of her daughter, she takes great care with her health for the sake of the baby, says Norris.

The woman already has some baby-care items but worries she won’t be able to afford all the necessities. Some of the larger essentials, including a crib, car seat, stroller, diaper bag, changing table and swing, would help her tremendously.

“I would be very grateful for any help I can get!” the woman tells caseworkers. “I just want the best for my little girl, and I want to be ready when she gets here!”

To help, call Living Opportunities’ Rachel Rawlins at 541-772-1503.

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