Young kids need warm clothes

Warm winter clothes, a stroller and a bike trailer would help these young parents who have spent the past four years unsuccessfully trying to rebuild broken relationships with their out-of-state parents.

Both of them are originally from the Rogue Valley. The 21-year-old mom and her 23-year-old husband first traveled from Wisconsin to be with her father, then to Texas to be with his father, and on to Kentucky to be with his mother.

But the conflict continued between themselves and their parents. It ultimately became a defining moment for this young family of four — which includes a 1-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son.

“We realized that we are the adults. We are a family, and we will not be a broken body. I think we finally grew up,” the husband says.

The two had become parents themselves while they were still teenagers. They’ve been together four years and have had some tough times. But the one thing they have never been short on is hope.

“We love each other so much,” the mom says. “Things are really starting to click.”

Although the family is living at the St. Anthony Shelter of St. Vincent de Paul, this is the first time they have ever had to live in a shelter.

The young father has found employment in each state they’ve lived in. He was hired for two different jobs within a week of moving into the Medford shelter. He now has a full-time job with benefits.

They have been saving their money and now have about $600 to put toward an apartment. But saving for an apartment doesn’t leave much extra money for Christmas.

Even knowing they will be spending Christmas in a homeless shelter hasn’t diminished their determination to remain a strong, connected family.

“We may bend but we will never break,’’ says the dad. “No matter what, we are family, and that’s all we really need for Christmas.’’

The parents say the children could use some winter clothes. The girl wears a size 2T, and the boy wears a 4T. The family doesn’t have a car, and the mom could use a stroller to walk the kids around town.

They also would like a kid’s trailer to go behind a bicycle. A gift card to Target or Wal-Mart would also be appreciated.

Contact reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail

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