Sin­gle mom forced to sac­ri­fice gifts

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After Kath­leen earned her bach­e­lor’s de­gree, her pri­or­i­ties changed when she be­came preg­nant with her daughter Wil­low. Life as a sin­gle mom, how­ever, has been more chal­leng­ing than Kath­leen ever could have imag­ined.

Kath­leen has learned some vital life lessons — in­de­pen­dence, self­less­ness and pa­tience — that have made her stronger. She has

the mo­ti­va­tion and ed­u­ca­tion for a pro­fes­sional ca­reer, but the ex­pec­ta­tions of po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers don’t cor­re­spond to her daily re­al­i­ties.

Job in­ter­views end in one dis­ap­point­ment after an­other be­cause Kath­leen can’t be on hand for a typ­i­cal work day.

Wil­low’s pre-kinder­garten is a half day, so Kath­leen has to be home when Wil­low gets off the bus. This re­al­ity forces Kath­leen to take min­i­mum wage jobs that can accommodate her re­stricted sched­ule.

Although Kath­leen works hard, her wages are not enough to sup­port her and Wil­low. With­out ex­tra money, Kath­leen can’t pro­vide any Christ­mas gifts for her lit­tle girl.

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: $109,844.96.

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