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Family of eight survives without a father

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YAKIMA, WA - The Canales family remains strong even though a family member is still missing. Back in July, Jose Canales, a father of seven, disappeared. Despite Jose's absence, the family says they're doing well.

How's your family doing? How's life been?

Those are the types of questions 12-year-old Angelina Canales is asked by friends and community members. She says it's nice that people care and check on her and her family.

"That's really when I know, 'Oh, that's when they care about me," said Angelina.

Since July, the Canales family has not heard or seen Jose Canales. The family of eight continues to look for answers, but with no good news, staying positive is the best thing they can do. 

The community has definitely helped in many ways says Blanca Canales, the mother, "It was a blessing to have people that I didn't even know came and helped us out."

Blanca adds that several community members have gone above and beyond by helping the family emotionally and financially.

"They helped out with school supplies, our backpacks and they helped with whatever we needed," said Angelina.

Angelina also says that going back to school has made her happy.

"I'm felling really happy right now, because I love going to school...Most of the things get off my mind because I joined volleyball and I made the squad and I get really happy about it," said Angelina.

Blanca says with her two older children helping out financially they can now support themselves. Together she says they will continue to hope for the best.
 

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