Holiday in the hospi­tal

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Hospi­tal rooms can be cold, drab and lonely. It is hard to imag­ine spend­ing Christ­mas in one, but that is what 8-year-old Sammy is up against this year.

Sammy was rid­ing in the back­seat of his par­ents’ car when they were struck at a high speed by a driver who had run a red light. His par­ents, Do­minic and Brenda never imag­ined they would get into an ac­ci­dent or that their lit­tle boy would be se­verely in­jured and forced to spend Christ­mas in the hospi­tal.

They are so grate­ful they all sur­vived the crash, and for the care that Sammy has re­ceived. But with the hol­i­days quickly ap­proach­ing the fam­ily is be­com­ing de­pressed.

Day af­ter day Sammy lies in his hospi­tal bed read­ing books with his par­ents by his side, and while he is get­ting bet­ter, the du­ra­tion of his stay is be­com­ing harder and harder to main­tain.

The car was Do­minic and Brenda’s only ve­hi­cle, and now they are faced with hitch­ing rides to work and the hospi­tal and saving money to re­place the fam­ily car.

The fam­ily is do­ing their best to stay pos­i­tive but with the holiday ap­proach­ing it is just re­minder of their cur­rent strug­gles and that they al­ways can’t be together.

Noth­ing would make their fam­ily hap­pier than dec­o­rat­ing their hospi­tal room for Christ­mas. Be­ing able to

be together around a glow­ing tree would keep them in high spir­its while Sammy re­cov­ers. Your do­na­tion to The Star

Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund could help bring joy to Liam and Carla dur­ing the holiday sea­son. Taxd­e­ductible do­na­tions, which also help other fam­i­lies in need on the Mid-Shore, may be sent to: The Brighter Christ­mas Fund, c/o The Star Demo­crat, P.O. Box 600, Eas­ton, MD 21601. Do­na­tions also may be made on­line at www.brighter­christ­mas­ Click the “Do­nate” but­ton. The to­tal to date is: $35,275 Those shar­ing the spirit of giv­ing with oth­ers this holiday in­clude:

Tommy Brian and Sharyn Spec­tor Wal­ter and Ju­dith White John P. Knud-Hansen, MD The Nar­rows Man­age­ment Roberta Grib­bon Ge­orge and Nancy Schol­ley Ru­fus and Pamela Mills Robert and Sharon Mur­ray Up­per East­ern Shore Chap­ter Mary

land Mil­i­tary Of­fi­cers As­soc. Pat Vis­gaitis In mem­ory of Betty J. and Wil­liam C. Hunt In mem­ory of Jane and Kelly Brown In mem­ory of my fa­ther W. Leroy

Lyons In mem­ory of Ken Bar­ton In mem­ory of Nathan Ga­lyon In mem­ory of Rose Ea­son In mem­ory of James M. Gil­liece In mem­ory of Deanie Healy Anne Wor­thing­ton Mike and Brid­get Wheat­ley Dana McGrath Michael and Ann Sweeney Bradley and Joyce Baker, MD

In mem­ory of Kay Perkins In mem­ory of Sal­lie Muir In mem­ory of Leon Lowery Sr. In mem­ory of Ethel Lowery In mem­ory of Ju­dith J. Comp­ton In mem­ory of Tom Carter In mem­ory of David Hensinger and

David Jr. In mem­ory of Rev­ell Jack Tay­lor In mem­ory of my daugh­ter Cathy

Hall In honor of Peggy Swann In honor of Cam­den, Ri­ley, Pey­ton

and De­laney In honor of my first great-grand

daugh­ter Abi­gail Leigh Den­nis and Karen Mesko Vicki Mor­oughan In mem­ory of Mary Weaver In mem­ory of Ruth A. Frost In thanks­giv­ing for Alice, John

David, Ai­dan and Gwyn Delia Lang Ce­cilia No­bel De­bra Bay­nard Ben­jamin and Kelli Remo The Crum Fam­ily In honor of Heather from Rick and

Ch­eryl Steven Mitchell

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