December 20, 2008 in City

Casey and Ashley Coulter

Kathy Plonka photo

Casey and Ashley Coulter, and their son Elijah, 4, and daughter Neveah, 18 months, visit the Christmas Bureau on Monday.
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Editor’s note: Christmas Bureau recipients come for food vouchers, toys and candy. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is collecting recipients’ stories.

Ages: 22 and 20.

Live in: Clayton, Wash.

Casey: I work construction. I’m still employed. My boss is building a house in Deer Park and luckily, we’ve been able to stay busy doing that. A lot of people I do know in construction are being put out of work.

Ashley: We heard about the bureau through my mom, who went through it when she needed help. She got on her feet and is stable now. When I was little, I’m sure I got a gift from here, but I don’t remember the gifts but I remember the books. We always got some books.

Ashley: Older people give us advice, like don’t spend your money on stupid stuff. Pay your bills first.

Casey: The most helpful advice is everything I didn’t listen to before I had a family.

Casey: I hope we can raise our kids good. We go to church and hope we can raise them the church way. And raise them to be functional in society.

Ashley: I hope they learn to accept things as they happen.

Casey: When you work construction in this weather, you get a cold face, cold feet and wet gloves. When I’m out there in the cold, it keeps me going just knowing that if it wasn’t for me, we wouldn’t have a home to come to, a place for the two of them to play every night, a warm place.

Ashley: In my hard times, Casey tells me to trust that there’s always somebody who is willing to help if you help yourself. We just bought a house, and we got to keep going and be strong for our kids. We pray about it and trust God will provide.

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