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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Child suffers from sleeping on the floor

By Rod Ohira
Advertiser Staff Writer

"S.J." and her 3-year-old daughter, who is asthmatic, sleep on a blanket spread out on the floor.

The child has developed rashes on parts of her legs and arms that won't go away, a condition S.J. believes is caused by sleeping on the floor.

"Having a bed would help my daughter," she said.

But S.J. cannot afford to buy a bed.

What she earns from a part-time job and baby-sitting is barely enough to pay for rent, utilities, food and her daughter's needs.

S.J., 21, also is pursuing her general equivalency diploma, which she hopes to earn in May.

A twin-size bed or folding mattress would be appreciated by the family. The child also could use size 3 toddler clothes.

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