Mother sup­ports three kids af­ter fa­ther’s death

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Al­li­son didn’t think it could get much worse when her hus­band passed away from can­cer a few months ago, but that was be­fore she hit rock bot­tom.

Be­fore Richard passed from a bat­tle with lung can­cer, Al­li­son was a stay-ath­ome mom tak­ing care of the house and rais­ing their three chil­dren — Jeremy, Jenny and Grant.

With­out a col­lege ed­u­ca­tion, Al­li­son has found it dif­fi­cult to find a full-time job that pays a liv­able wage for her and her chil­dren, now that she doesn’t have the mone­tary sup­port from Richard.

Work­ing full time now as a sales as­so­ciate at a re­tail store, and part time as a server at a lo­cal restau­rant, Al­li­son’s sched­ules have spo­radic work hours, and she doesn’t get much time to spend with her chil­dren, who still are griev­ing over the loss of their fa­ther.

Jenny, her only daugh­ter, has taken the death of her fa­ther the worst and fallen into a deep de­pres­sion. Un­be­knownst to Al­li­son, be­cause she’s been so oc­cu­pied with her two jobs, Jenny has de­vel­oped an eat­ing dis­or­der to gain back a sense of con­trol she lost when Richard died.

It wasn’t un­til Grant, Jenny’s brother, who found out some­thing was wrong with his sis­ter that Al­li­son found out. Al­li­son, heart­bro­ken over her daugh­ter’s pain, has scrounged up any ex­tra money she was go­ing to use for Christ­mas to send Jenny to treat­ment and now is left with lit­tle to noth­ing to pay the house­hold bills.

Al­li­son wants to be strong for her chil­dren and be in­de­pen­dent enough to pay for ev­ery­thing her­self, but she needs help. Your do­na­tion to The Star

Demo­crat‘s Brighter Christ­mas Fund could help bring joy to Al­li­son 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. Click the “Do­nate” but­ton.

The to­tal to date is: $6,586.

Those shar­ing the spirit of giv­ing with oth­ers this hol­i­day in­clude: Glo­ria Gib­son Ti­mothy and Mary Ann Abeska Glo­ria and Jon Files Harold Britt Robert and Fayette Engstrom Jen­nifer Gard­ner Glose Lau­rence Driggs III Judy and Ge­orge Weckel In mem­ory of Glo­ria Smith In mem­ory of Jim and Mar­ion Bar­ton In mem­ory of Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Mor­ris In mem­ory of Mr. and Mrs. J Hall Bar­ton In mem­ory of Charles and Alice David­son In mem­ory of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin K. Mor­ris In mem­ory of Jim and Frances Ivins In mem­ory of Mrs. Pauline C. Mer­rick In mem­ory of Mrs. Ju­lia T. Burleigh In mem­ory of Phil Allen In mem­ory of Su­san Selby In mem­ory of Ruth Reu­sine In mem­ory of Mr. and Mrs. Nor­man Massey In mem­ory of Mary K. Se­mans In mem­ory of Randy Allen Lane In mem­ory of Mar­guerite Owen In mem­ory of Net­tie Marie Jones In mem­ory of Con­nie and Me­gan McNeal

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