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At 38, he has been a single dad to his daughter for most of her life.
Her mother left and has no contact with the child. The dad has been devoted to raising her, and the family's caseworker has been impressed by the bond between the two of them.
The man works full time at low wages, bringing home a little more than $1,000 a month. He receives $66 in food stamps.
"The father has given everything he has to provide for his daughter - he is all she has," the caseworker said.
Early on, the man found a babysitter who has been a compassionate caregiver for the girl, who now is 10. He drops her off early and the babysitter gets her to school and then cares for her after school until the dad finishes work.
The arrangement costs him more than using subsidized daycare or after-school care, but this is an important relationship and the dad believes the consistency is important for the girl, the caseworker said - and she agrees.
Because the girl's care takes top priority, the dad has struggled to pay for some household needs. The girl needs a new bed and bedding. The caseworker said storage totes would help this family organize some of its belongings and the home's interior desperately needs a fresh coat of paint, something the dad is willing to do. The oven to the stove is not working.
"It is very rare in this line of work to find a father so willing to put aside his own needs in favor of his daughter's," the caseworker said. "He is to be commended and should be rewarded for his efforts."
Needs: $250 for a bed and linens, $150 for interior paint and storage materials, $400 for a stove
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