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Eating, sleeping are top needs for mom and kids

An unreliable refrigerator heightens this family’s worry over wasting food they can scarcely afford.

The pall of physical and sexual abuse lifted from their home when the woman’s husband departed several months ago. But the violent man also took his income, the Central Point household’s sole financial resource. The mother, 48, has since found a job, but it pays for the barest necessities.

Rebuilding their lives has been the family’s primary focus for the past two months since child-welfare workers intervened. The three children are in therapy at Children’s Advocacy Center, a nonprofit organization that provides critical services in a safe, kid-friendly environment for children and teens healing from abuse.

Buying groceries every few days, the mother hopes they won’t spoil if the refrigerator malfunctions. A new appliance would help to preserve time with her children and her peace of mind.

Peaceful nights’ sleep would be within reach given some new, larger beds. The mother, two teenage daughters and 9-year-old son all squeeze onto two twin-sized mattresses.

The kids would benefit from a computer, without which some school homework assignments are more difficult. The home also lacks a television, which everyone would enjoy.

The entire family could use new clothing and would love gift cards to stores at Rogue Valley Mall. The mother wears large-size clothing and size-8 shoes. Her son wears boys clothing size 10 and size-7 shoes.

The 16- and 17-year-old girls both wear size small, size 1 or 2 in jeans and size-6 ½ shoes. The siblings all love Converse and American Eagle brands.

To help, call Children’s Advocacy Center at 541-734-5437.

Eating, sleeping are top needs for mom and kids