Wish list for girls: cloth­ing, toy chest

Car­ing

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lies and helps hun­dreds of oth­ers through lo­cal non­profit agen­cies.

Each year, each Star Fur­ni­ture store adopts a lo­cal fam­ily, and this year, the lo­cal Star store chose to work with Sea­son for Car­ing. In ad­di­tion to the fur­ni­ture, Star em­ploy­ees have been do­nat­ing Christ­mas gifts, small ap­pli­ances and clothes for the fam­ily.

While Star is work­ing on procur­ing all its gifts for Rodriguez, an­other fam­ily also has of­fered to pro­vide some ad­di­tional fur­ni­ture in Jan­uary af­ter their own new fur­ni­ture is de­liv­ered.

Most of the gifts will be stored by Austin Chil­dren’s Shel­ter un­til Rodriguez can get her own apart­ment. She took her first steps to­ward that on Thurs­day by grad­u­at­ing from the cer­ti­fied nurs­ing as­sis­tant pro­gram at Texas Covenant Ed­u­ca­tion. She is hope­ful her new cer­ti­fi­ca­tion will help her get a good job soon and she can save up to af­ford an apart­ment. Even­tu­ally, she’d like to fur­ther her ed­u­ca­tion.

“She’s a great mom,” said Julie Burch, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions at the Austin Chil­dren’s Shel­ter. “This is go­ing to give her a great start.”

Rodriguez still needs help with liv­ing ex­penses for a new apart­ment in­clud­ing a de­posit, rent for a year and util­i­ties. She needs a job in the med­i­cal field to use her new cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, gift cards for gro­ceries, cloth­ing, a fil­ing cab­i­net, a TV, a printer, dishes and booster seats. She also would like cloth­ing, a toy chest, a play kitchen and Dis­ney DVDs for the girls, and for her­self, she’d like a gift cer­tifi­cate for a sa­lon.

To find out more about Rodriguez or to give some­thing on her wish list, con­tact the Austin Chil­dren’s Shel­ter at 6965327 or austin­chil­dren­shel­ter.org.

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