The children in this family of six have never received Christmas gifts. It’s all that Mom really wants for them. The family has had difficult times, and is currently in a program to help them get their lives back on track.

The mother wears size XL shirts, 16 pants, and size 8 shoes. She would appreciate anything, especially household items and toiletries. Her oldest son, 11, wears XL shirts and coats, size 12 pants and size 5 shoes. He likes cars and Batman. The next oldest son, 8, wears large shirts and coats, size 8 pants and size 12 shoes. He likes to read and enjoys cars.

The third child, also a boy, 7, wears large shirts and coats, size 6 pants and size 1 shoes. He likes cars and dinosaurs.

The oldest daughter, 6, wears size medium shirts and coats, size 6 pants and shoes size 12. She likes Barbie and teddy bears.

The youngest daughter, age 4, wears 5T clothing and size 11 shoes. She loves dolls.

If you can help this family, call Amy Gaulke, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services at 509-853-2357. Yakima Neighborhood Health Services is open Monday-Saturday. They close at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and will be closed Christmas Day.

• Dad fighting cancer wants help for family

A father recently diagnosed with cancer is struggling to provide the basic necessities for his wife and three children and would be grateful for any help.

This family is in need of gas vouchers, hygiene supplies, blankets and dishes. They would also like hair accessories, nail polish and makeup.

The oldest son, 16, wears an XL men’s coat, jeans size 32x34, shirts XL men’s and shoes size 11 in men’s.

Their two daughters are 12 and 10. The oldest wears a size teen XL coat, shirts size XL (girls), size 5 in teen jeans, and shoes size 8 ½ women’s. The youngest daughter wears a size XL girl’s coat, jeans size 10 girls, and a size 4 in girl’s shoes.

Mother wears a women’s XL coat, jeans size 11 in women’s, women’s shirt size large or medium and shoes size 8. Father wears a coat size XL men’s, size 36x34 jeans, shirt size XL, and shoe size 11½.

Donations can be brought to McClure Elementary, 1222 S. 22nd Ave., Yakima, between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 20. For more information, call John Kaluzny, 509-573-1300.

— Yakima Herald-Republic

Editor’s note: Many of us are thankful for caring friends and family, and for the good things in life. Unfortunately, there are too many who are less fortunate and whose needs are great.

Working with the Yakima County RSVP, local nonprofits have provided information about individuals and families needing your help.

Every day through Christmas Eve, the Yakima Herald-Republic will publish information in print and online about some of those in need along with contact information to make your gift happen