Help fam­ily of four that lives in shed

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When she comes home from preschool, Me­lanie care­fully tapes her do­geared art­work to the walls. That’s be­cause there’s no re­frig­er­a­tor for her par­ents to proudly dis­play their younger child’s tal­ent.

There’s no kitchen ei­ther. There is no heat or hot wa­ter or even a home.

“Rough­ing it” has taken on a whole new mean­ing for the fam­ily since they were evicted from their home. Par­ents Joe and Lisa ran out of money and they didn’t know what to do. They had never been home­less be­fore.

Thank­fully, their best friends lived next door, and they of­fered the only space they had. To min­i­mize the dis­rup­tion for their kids, Lisa and Joe took up their friends’ of­fer to move into the shed next door.

Me­lanie snug­gles in her sleep­ing bag to stay warm, and older sib­ling Tay­lor works on home­work by flash­light. Me­lanie’s pic­tures on the wall are a cozy re­minder that life will get bet­ter.

The fam­ily is very grate­ful for the space and hope it’s a tem­po­rary sit­u­a­tion, but it’s tear­ing out their hearts to see their chil­dren grow ac­cus­tomed to life in their cramped — and cold — new “home.”

The fam­ily isn’t ask­ing for much. Their only re­quest is for some win­ter cloth­ing and blan­kets to keep extra warm while they rough it and work to get back out on their own again. Your do­na­tion to The

Star Demo­crat’s Brighter

Christ­mas Fund could help bring joy to this fam­ily dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Tax-de­ductible 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: $84,144.08. Those shar­ing the spirit of giv­ing with oth­ers this hol­i­day in­clude:

In mem­ory of Orem, Justin and Dustin Had­daway

In mem­ory of Arthur H. Kud­ner, Jr

In mem­ory of Wm. S. D. New­nam, Jr.

In mem­ory of Suzanne New­nam Tow­ers In honor of Hazel P. New­nam In mem­ory of Dr. and Mrs. Justin T Cal­la­han

In mem­ory of Dr. Joseph M. English III In mem­ory of Bryson Goss In mem­ory of Leroy, Fred­die, Gus, Nini and fam­ily

In mem­ory of Mar­garet Lee Schatz

In mem­ory of our son An­thony Spara­cino

In mem­ory of Bar­clay and Nancy Trippe

In mem­ory of my hus­band Ken- neth. Smith In mem­ory of our son, Bill In honor of Dr. Sharon Lui In honor of He­len Cum­mings McQuay Gary Shor­tall In mem­ory of Frank and Eileen Cum­mings Joanne Black­well Cop­pet Richard Black­well, Jr. Baby Boy Black­well A gift in the name of Sally French Bev­erly Shea In mem­ory of Christo­pher Cal­la­han

In mem­ory of our grand­fa­ther, Robert H. Cal­la­han, Sr. Buddy and Rob­bie Cal­la­han Paul and Kath­leen Pet­richenko Har­vey and Carol Ste­wart J. Michael and Ellen Detena H. Martin Halvorsen Jr. Pyl­lis En­nals Lisa Wil­son Diane Winkel­man John Rus­sell Scott, Krissy, Jay­den and Trace Robert Jenks In mem­ory of Olivia Endzel In honor of Lab Su­per­vi­sors and Staff of UM Shore Re­gional Health Ken­neth and Wendy Gibson Pee­wee and Diane West Jack and Faye Shan­na­han In mem­ory of Ruth and Ju­lian Mar­shall

In mem­ory of Nor­man and Mar­ion Shan­na­han Bernie and Nancy Coates An­thony and Diane Mo­han Joe and Vir­ginia Marsh Sally Worm Su­san and Paul Had­daway Jame­sene Ran­dall The Talbot Rod and Gun Club, Inc. Rudy and Nancy Strixk­land Yvonne Allen Ira and Ed­gra Rin­gler Den­nis and Joan Carroll Gary Ny­lan­der and Marie Martin Sylvester Camper Anony­mous Jeff and Joanne Beemiller Jim & Dot Ridge­way Den­ton Lions Club Bob and Ee­nie Bur­ris John and June Wag­ner Eddy and Bev­erly Lynch Eas­ton Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion From, Cane, Jezebel and Ken­dall Brooks In mem­ory of Ge­orge and Alice In mem­ory of my grand­mother, Glo­ria G. Smith

In mem­ory of Christo­pher W.W. Mur­phy

In mem­ory of my Bob and our friends

In mem­ory of mom and dad Ker­slake In mem­ory of Julie Thomas In mem­ory of Fred and Rose Smith

In mem­ory of Robert P. Gan­non, Jr.

In mem­ory of Robert P. Gan­non, Sr. Mary King Jerry Hook and Jacque­line Smith In honor of Betty Fox In mem­ory of Deanie Healy In mem­ory of Thomas Healy In mem­ory of Jessie Ca­hall

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