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Young family struggles to make ends meet on single income

This Grants Pass family struggles to pay bills on a single income since the father lost his job and hasn’t qualified for unemployment. Household goods would help to keep them afloat, while some amusements for the 4-year-old son would brighten their holiday.

The 25-year-old mother’s is this family’s sole income from her position as a certified nursing assistant at a memory care facility. Her 26-year-old partner had been working as a landscaper and doing odd jobs until April, when the coronavirus took its toll on his employment prospects. Their meager finances leave little for necessities, such as car repairs. The family gets by with one vehicle that the mother uses to get to and from her workplace.

Cleaning supplies, such as dish soap, sponges, paper towels, toilet paper and garbage bags, would help to stretch this family’s budget. They also would appreciate larger drinking cups for the boy, as well as blankets, books, puzzles and movies.

The boy, who wears 6T clothing and size 9 shoes, loves Hot Wheels, Marvel Comics characters and animals, including reptiles and dinosaurs. He began attending Southern Oregon Head Start’s virtual classes and storytimes in October, although the family is hard-pressed to afford internet service. He enrolled to begin on-site classes this month.

His parents told Head Start staff that they wanted items only for their son. The mother, however, could use a robe and some slippers in women’s size 8. Both parents wears size XL clothing, and the father wears men’s size 10 in shoes.

To help, call Mary McKenzie, site manager at Park View Head Start, at 541-659-8237.

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