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$13 an hour doesn't go far when feeding four

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There's not enough money to make it through the month, says Be an Angel recipient Dana Voth, with her boys Lucas, 8, left, and Logan, 6.
It's not easy providing for a family of four with $13 an hour.
"That's why we have to utilize subsidized programs, financial aid and the food bank," said Dana Voth.
"My husband, Adam, works at a paint store and the $13 an hour he makes just isn't enough for a family of four."
The couple's two boys, Lucas, eight, and Logan, six, attend a subsidized after-school program put on by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs at the school they go to, Springvalley Elementary.
They also utlilize the Brown Bag lunch program at Springvalley.
The family also takes advantage of a $36 a month deal at the Kelowna Family Y in Rutland for access to the pool, gym and for the boys to take karate lessons.
Dana managed to apply for and get financial student aid to take the health care assistant program at Okanagan College.
And the family collects a package from the Kelowna Community Food Bank once a month.
"We have to be careful what Lucas eats," said Dana.
"He has ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). And while pasta is good and cheap, it's like giving Lucas a bowl of sugar, and it makes him hyper."
The family rents a three-bedroom house for $1,100 a month, which is
probably the best deal you can find in the city.
"But add in some groceries and bills every month, and there's not a lot over for much else," said Dana.
For Christmas, Dana is wishing for better financial times, which will come true when she graduates from college and gets a job as a nurse's aid.
"For now I'm just concentrating on making a nice Christmas for the kids," she said.
Lucas is asking for a tablet for Christmas, which Dana said is wishful thinking.
But he also wants a race car track, robot dog, Vtech camera and some books.
Logan wants some books and Vtech camera, too, and a mini chef set.
"Logan loves to help me cook and bake," said Dana.
You can Be an Angel by donating at The Daily Courier, online at or at any branch of Valley First Credit Union.
The campaign supports Okanagan food banks and the Boys and Girls Club.

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