Cou­ple with new­born bat­tles mother’s health is­sues

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Two teenagers, Rachel and John, fell in love, ran off and got mar­ried.

The cou­ple had vir­tu­ally noth­ing but were bask­ing in that early new­ly­wed glow. They felt they didn’t need very much.

The two got an apart­ment and a car, and quickly found them­selves in over their heads when it came to mak­ing pay­ments.

So they took on ex­tra jobs to try to make enough to make ends meet. This re­quired some com­plex lo­gis­tics since they were shar­ing their only car.

Pretty soon, Rachel found out she was preg­nant. The cou­ple was ex­cited, but Rachel started hav­ing prob­lems.

She was told by doc­tors she should not be work­ing ex­tra jobs and needed to rest. That meant a cut in their in­come.

Now they have a new­born, but Rachel’s health is­sues have con­tin­ued.

They have to travel to doc­tors and spe­cial­ists, miss­ing time from work and caus­ing more loss of in­come.

Fam­ily mem­bers have helped out with babysit­ting and have loaned them money so they would not lose the car, but there is vir­tu­ally no money for the hol­i­days. Your do­na­tion to The

Star Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund could help ease the Rachel and John’s bur­dens 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: $115.649.08.

Those shar­ing the spirit of giv­ing with oth­ers this hol­i­day in­clude: Bob and Carol Thomas Chris and Kate Levey Carol Lof­st­edt The First­man Fam­ily Foun­da­tion

Inc. Ken and Sarah Sadler Karl and Shirley Giggen­bach anony­mous Lawrence Rovin Gary Poole

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