Dad left and took sav­ings, now mother needs help

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Stay-at-home mom Leah re­mem­bers watch­ing her 6-year-old daugh­ter Emily glued to the TV dur­ing the 2016 Sum­mer Olympics, mes­mer­ized by the way the gym­nasts were able to move, tum­ble and flip their bod­ies in such com­plex ways.

When Emily saw her fa­vorite ath­lete take the gold medal, she asked her mom if she could take up the sport, as­pir­ing to achieve the same goal.

A year and a half later, Emily is thriv­ing in gym­nas­tics. She pushes her­self to be the best.

While Leah is ex­tremely ex­cited and proud of Emily and her ac­com­plish­ments, she feels like she’s fail­ing at her de­te­ri­o­rat­ing mar­riage. Worst of all, her hus­band left them, with no ex­pla­na­tion, just weeks ago. They haven’t spo­ken since, and her hus­band took all their sav­ings, claim­ing it as “his” money.

Tak­ing care of her­self and Emily now with lim­ited money, she per­son­ally saved for the cost of gym­nas­tics, train­ing and travel, but it has be­come too much to af­ford.

Leah doesn’t want to break the news to Emily, as com­pet­i­tive sports teach a child many im­por­tant life les­sons. Leah hates to ask for help, but she has no money to spend on Christmas presents, let alone Emily’s gym­nas­tics classes now that she is sup­port­ing her fam­ily with lit­tle to no in­come. Your do­na­tion to The Star

Demo­crat‘s Brighter Christmas Fund could help bring joy to Emily and Leah dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Taxd­e­ductible 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: $20,550. Those shar­ing the spirit of giv­ing with oth­ers this hol­i­day in­clude: Barb and Steve Hun­toon Harold and Re­becca Ring­gold Chest­nut Grove United Methodist Women’s Don­ald Goodlife Wayne and Joyce Bell Deb­bie and Gary Molchan Alice V. Cook JoeSue and Rem Simp­son John and Rita Hor­ney Zachary and Florence Wil­coxon Robert and Ellen Spiegel Su­sanne Max Car­roll Wask­ins Abou Ben Ad­hem Ravl and Syd­ney Gar­cia In memory of Bob and ML Cox In memory of Bar­bara Switzer In memory of Melvin Mar­shall In memory of Frank Cashen In memory of Earle Swann, Skip Camp­bell, and John Hy­att In memory of Polly Yow­ell In memory of Bar­bara S. How­ell

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