Brighter Christmas Fund board readies for 33rd year
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.
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.