Fam­ily needs break to be to­gether

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When Peter was born, he was a mir­a­cle and a bless­ing for Court­ney, like all her chil­dren. But Peter has mul­ti­ple phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties which re­quire hands-on care 24 hours a day. Court­ney is a sin­gle mother with three chil­dren — Michael, 10, Peter, 6, and An­gela, 2.

Dur­ing the week­days when she works, Court­ney has a sit­ter to take care of Peter, but ev­ery evening

and week­end, she is on her own with his care, along with her two other chil­dren.

Her fam­ily lives sev­eral states away and she rarely sees them. They are not close enough to help.

Court­ney says that she has to spend so much time tak­ing care of Peter that her daugh­ter An­gela and son Michael have suf­fered.

Michael has had some prob­lems at school and lit­tle An­gela some­times cries for no rea­son at all.

With the hol­i­days com­ing on, Court­ney is find­ing that she is reach­ing the break­ing point with ex­haus­tion.

She feels that if she could only hire some­one to take care of Peter for one night, she and her other chil­dren could take a break, go out and en­joy each other’s com­pany as a fam­ily.

Your do­na­tion to The Star Demo­crat’s Brighter

Christ­mas Fund could help give the fam­ily a break for one night so they can be to­gether.

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.brighter­christ­mas­fund.org (click the do­nate but­ton).

The to­tal to date is: $74,908.93.

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