Brighter Christ­mas Fund board read­ies for 33rd year

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EAS­TON — The Star Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund kicks off its 33rd year later this month, and the fund’s board of di­rec­tors met re­cently to be­gin prepa­ra­tions.

The fund helps fam­i­lies pro­vide chil­dren with toys and cloth­ing un­der the Christ­mas tree.

In 2015 — its 32nd year — the Brighter Christ­mas Fund raised more than $145,000, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of Mid-Shore read­ers and res­i­dents. Those do­na­tions al­lowed the fund to help more than 800 fam­i­lies and 1,800 chil­dren have a brighter hol­i­day. It was the 12th year in a row the Brighter Christ­mas Fund raised more than $100,000.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing ac­cepted now for fam­i­lies in Tal­bot, Caro­line, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Kent coun­ties to ap­ply for Christ­mas as­sis­tance. There are two ways to ap­ply for as­sis­tance

with the Brighter Christ­mas Fund. If the ap­pli­cant re­ceives as­sis­tance from a so­cial ser­vice agency, they must get their ap­pli­ca­tion from their county so­cial ser­vice agency. Any­one not re­ceiv­ing ben­e­fits from so­cial ser­vices may pick up an ap­pli­ca­tion at the lobby of

The Star Demo­crat of­fices at 29088 Air­park Drive in Eas­ton. The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions to be re­ceived is 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Nov. 23.

This year, the Brighter Christ­mas Fund board of di­rec­tors in­cludes Tim Ka­gan, Laura Am­bler, Tracy Ber­ri­gan, Tony Mo­han, Michael Wheat­ley, Pres­i­dent David Fike, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Gwen Fike, David All­top, Melodie Haufe, John Griep, Paul Ha­good and Tim Matis.

PHOTO BY KATIE WIL­LIS

Mem­bers of the board of di­rec­tors for The Star Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund re­cently met to pre­pare for the fund’s 33rd year. From left, seated: Melodie Haufe, Gwen Fike and Tracy Ber­ri­gan; stand­ing: Tim Matis, John Griep, Paul Ha­good, Dave All­top, David Fike, Tony Mo­han and Tim Ka­gan. Not pic­tured: Laura Am­bler and Michael Wheat­ley.

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