COVID, car crash and domestic violence leave woman in pain
Editor’s note: Light One Candle is an annual series sponsored by the Mail Tribune that focuses on an individual, group or organization who could use a helping hand during the holiday season. Once that need is filled, donations may be distributed to others in need.
The coronavirus dealt another blow to this woman disabled in a horrific car crash.
Originally from Canada, the 63-year-old suffered domestic violence, homelessness and financial setbacks before contracting COVID-19 early in the pandemic and being hospitalized. Acupuncture, massage or chiropractic treatments would help to alleviate this woman’s pain, while medical equipment would aid her mobility.
Tenacity carries this woman through many struggles since she arrived in the United States. She married a war veteran who suffers addiction that fuels daily domestic violence, said Laura Lindley-Gutierrez, supervising attorney for the Immigration Law Project at Medford’s Center for NonProfit Legal Services.
Yet this woman, who has resided primarily in White City, stands by her spouse, even through being homeless. She was a steadily employed professional before the car accident left her unable to work, said Lindley-Gutierrez.
Along with gift cards for therapeutic services, this woman needs new glasses, a haircut and dental checkup. Safety bars for a bathtub and a basket for her walker would ease daily activities, while a mobility scooter would enhance access to outings, shopping and appointments. Gift cards to Winco and Costco, including a Costco membership, would lift her strained finances. She also dreams of a new laptop computer.
Gift cards and monetary donations can be mailed directly to CNPLS, 225 W. Main St. Medford OR 97501. Pandemic precautions have closed the office to visitors. Checks can be payable to CNPLS, with “Light One Candle #1” in the memo line or on the envelope. Funds will be placed into the client’s trust account, and a check will be drawn directly to the client.
For larger item donations, email Nadezhda "Nadia" Andreeva at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-779-7292.
Follow this year’s Light One Candle stories at mailtribune.com/news/light-one-candle/. See Wednesday’s print and e-editions for the story of a single, disabled mother of two teens recently hospitalized for open-heart surgery.