Waiter braves cold to pro­vide for kids

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It wouldn’t be so bad in warmer weather, but Dar­ren’s two-mile daily walk to work in win­ter of­ten means brav­ing a bit­ter cold wind chill. As a server in a lo­cal restau­rant, Dar­ren’s sched­ule changes as much as Eastern Shore weather.

It wouldn’t be so bad if he had ex­tra cash on hand, but there’s noth­ing left af­ter Dar­ren buys food and

shel­ter, cloth­ing and day care and all of the in­ci­den­tals that go into rais­ing his own daugh­ter as well as his late sis­ter’s.

There is no ex­tra cash, no car to cut the chill, and no Christ­mas for his girls. But there is a lot of love.

Dar­ren is a car­ing dad to both his daugh­ter and niece. When his sis­ter, a sin­gle mother, was killed in a car crash, be­com­ing his niece’s cus­to­dial par­ent was un­ex­pected as well. But he wouldn’t trade her for the world.

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.brighter­christ­mas­fund.org (click the do­nate but­ton).

The to­tal to date is: $98,922.96.

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