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Clothing, kitchen items would help family stay afloat

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.

Financial troubles are intensifying this family’s grief over a loved one’s recent death, as well as the lingering specter of domestic abuse. Clothing, kitchen items and some kids’ playthings would help keep the household afloat as they strive toward a sustainable living situation.

Without her father’s income, this 34-year-old mother of three can no longer afford their rent of $1,650 for a home in Talent. Already close to her father, this woman took on the responsibility five years ago of being his sole caregiver, living with him until he died about a month ago from complications of dementia. The Family Nurturing Center in Medford helped her to pay December’s rent, but she is in dire need of funds to move her family into less costly accommodations.

Her three sons need clothes. The oldest, 15, wears men’s pants size 34-32 and shirt size XL. He loves fedoras and other hats. As an artist, he would appreciate sketching and other art supplies and dreams of owning a tablet.

The 5- and 6-year-old brothers wear clothing sizes 10 and 12 and shoe sizes 2 and 3, respectively. The older boy enjoys art supplies, books and puzzles. His younger brother, who attends a therapeutic class at the Family Nurturing Center, likes racecars, Legos and building blocks.

Pots, pans, baking dishes, flatware, coffee mugs and small appliances, such as a coffee maker, mixer and slow cooker, are the mother’s wish. She also would be delighted with gift cards for clothing and food.

The Family Nurturing Center is assisting this family’s search for a new home and their recovery from the trauma of domestic violence.

To help, call Ellen Marks at 541-646-5273.

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