Lit­tle things make all the difference

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Imag­ine only hav­ing two pairs of pants and no way to wash them. Day in and day out wear­ing the same pants, the same dirt, the same stains, the same smells — that’s what it is like for Shauna.

Shauna wants to be ac­cepted and liked just like ev­ery­one else, but kids at her mid­dle school could care less to

care less to be friends with the “stinky girl.” That’s what they call her, down the halls, in the cafe­te­ria, she can hear them whis­per about her.

It breaks her heart to hear the things the other kids say about her. She wants des­per­ately to be their friends and to just have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain to them why she is the “stinky girl.”

Shauna only owns two pairs of pants and her fam­ily doesn’t own a washer or dryer, so it’s hard for her to keep them clean. Her fam­ily can­not af­ford to reg­u­larly go to the laun­dro­mat.

Her mom was re­cently laid off from her job and is un­able to find work, and her dad is a dis­abled vet­eran. The fam­ily is do­ing what they can to just get by. Shauna tries to wash her clothes by hand, but with the cold tem­per­a­tures out­side the clothes never dry in time and then they smell like mildew.

Shauna longs to be in­vited to sleep­overs and birth­day par­ties or to just to sit with some­one in lunch room. She wants to know what it is like to have fun with girls her age, to just fit in.

Hav­ing clean clothes is some­thing that is easy for peo­ple to take for granted, but for some­one like Shauna it means ev­ery­thing. To her, be­ing able to have clean clothes means hav­ing

friends and be­ing ac­cepted. And most im­por­tantly it no longer means be­ing known as the “stinky girl” and sim­ply be­ing known as Shauna.

Please donate to help chil­dren like Shauna re­ceive the ad­e­quate cloth­ing they deser ve.

Your do­na­tion to The Star Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund could help bring joy to Shauna and her fam­ily dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Tax-de­ductible do­na­tions, which also help other fam­i­lies in need on the MidShore, 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. brighter­christ­mas­fund.org.

The to­tal to date is: $22,569.00.

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