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80-year-old woman could use help furnishing her tiny 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 80-year-old woman was living in a box alongside the Bear Creek Greenway last winter. Now occupying a “tiny house” in Rogue Retreat’s Hope Village, the woman would love warm clothing and items to make her residence feel like home.

The woman lost her home in Medford after several misfortunes, including her husband’s death. The widow couldn’t afford permanent, replacement housing on her small income from Social Security.

She had been homeless for quite some time, say caseworkers with Rogue Retreat, when the Medford Police Department Livability Team became aware of her precarious situation, brought her out of the cold and rain and transported her to the organization’s Kelly Shelter. The woman represents a segment of the homeless population — seniors and the elderly — who often are overlooked, says Marci McComas, development assistant for Rogue Retreat.

Yet the woman’s sweet spirit brings joy to the organization’s staff and other residents, who look forward to her company, says McComas. She enjoys writing letters to friends and would appreciate a stationary set and postage stamps.

To furnish her tiny house, the woman could use a small dresser, a heating pad or electric blanket powered by a USB port and some figurines of animals to decorate her porch.

Her need of warm clothing includes large-size sweaters, socks and gloves. Gift cards would help her purchase a few little luxuries.

To help, call McComas at 541-622-9362 or 541-499-0880, ext. 1065.

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