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Togetherness is greatest gift for family

Their first Christmas together in three years is the greatest gift for this Medford family of four. But a few modest furnishings for their small home, some bedding, clothes and outings that promote togetherness would reward their perseverance and resilience.

The mother’s debilitating illness recently has responded to a new medication, but costs for the 36-year-old’s treatment leave the family short on household funds. Their meager budget is tied to a fixed income of veteran’s benefits awarded to the 38-year-old father, who is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The parents’ many struggles caused child-welfare workers to intervene, which resulted in a two-year separation from their 11-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son. Through working with CASA of Jackson County and other community partners, the family was reunited to pursue a new, healthy, positive way of living.

Functional furniture, including night stands, small tables and TV trays would make their humble house more of a home. The children asked for bedding, blankets and comforters, which the parents also need.

Warm clothing, pajamas, boots and other shoes would benefit both kids. The girl wears size 10-12 and size-6 shoes; the boy’s sizes are 10 and 5, respectively for clothes and shoes.

Bicycles would delight the siblings, who also love fantasy book sets that they could select with gift cards to Barnes & Noble, Kohl’s or Target. Trips to Lava Lanes, Rogue Air Trampoline Park or Rogue Valley Family Fun Center would reinforce the family’s bond. Luxury items, of which this family can only dream, include a smart TV, DVD player, streaming subscription and tablets that could advance the kids’ educational progress.

To help, contact CASA’s Deborah King at 541-734-2272 or dking@jacksoncountycasa.org.