A young family in need of the basics

Editor's note: Light One Candle is an annual series sponsored by the Mail Tribune that focuses on an individual, group or agency that could use a helping hand during the holiday season. Once that need is filled, donations may be distributed to others in need. The series concludes today.

Blankets, clothing and new shoes for the little ones will help this struggling family of five — with one more on the way.

La Clinica hopes it's not too late for a good community response to this final 2010 Light One Candle story, which features a pregnant mom, a struggling dad and the couple's three young girls. The family moved to Medford in December 2009 and have no relatives in the area to help them through these difficult times.

Mom Rosa is about five months into her pregnancy. In a few months a new baby will join their three girls — Anna, 2, Crystal, 3, and 4-year-old Janna.

Unfortunately, Rosa had gestational diabetes with her first three pregnancies and needs healthful food — fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein.

But right now they can't afford to buy groceries other than the ingredients for the tamales Rosa makes several days a week to bring in money for the family.

They are all surviving on the tamales that do not sell.

Jose works as a cook at a retirement home, but he is scheduled for just three hours of work each week. He is also a handyman and would be interested in doing that kind of work if possible.

All the girls love dolls. But they need shoes. The 4-year-old wears size 9 shoes, the 3-year-old wears size 81/2, and the 2-year-old needs size 6 shoes.

Rosa and Jose would appreciate blankets for their beds, gift cards to grocery stores and a few articles of clothing. Rosa wears a medium and needs clothes that can grow with her during her pregnancy. Jose wears a medium shirt and size 34 by 30 pants.

If you can help this family, contact Martha Rivera, a maternal child health specialist at La Clinica, at 541-690-3511 or mrivera@lcdv.org.

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