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Single dad of three trying to make a home

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.

This single father works, studies and cares for his three children. Household goods, clothing and a few playthings would make the Medford family’s recently acquired residence feel more like home.

The 27-year-old man specializes in carpentry but has difficulty maintaining full-time employment for lack of child care. He has sole custody of his 3-year-old son and 4- and 8-year-old daughters.

The two younger children are students at two different locations of Southern Oregon Head Start. One child is enrolled in a full-day program; the other attends partial days while awaiting availability of a full-day spot. Their father intends to work more when both kids are in school all day, says Christine Russo, director of parent, family and community engagement for Southern Oregon Child & Family Council.

The father is in the process of obtaining his high-school equivalency with plans to attend Rogue Community College to study aviation mechanics. His sister is the only relative who lends him any family support.

Bedding for twin-size beds would improve the family’s living environment. Other items, including cleaning supplies, could be purchased with gift cards to Target or Fred Meyer.

Bicycles and board games would delight all three kids.

The oldest girl, who wears pants in size 10-12 and kids’ medium shirts, enjoys arts, crafts and baby dolls. The younger girl loves Barbie and anything related to Disney’s “Frozen” movie. She wears pants in size 7-8 and size-6 kids’ shirts. She wishes for “Frozen”-themed bedding. The boy, who likes dinosaurs, Nick Jr.’s “Paw Patrol” and Disney’s “PJ Masks,” wears size-5T pants and size-6 kids’ shirts.

To help, call Head Start’s Nikki Hill at 541-621-0494.

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