Bul­lied child needs hol­i­day cheer

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Ten-year-old Avery’s world feels like it has fallen apart right be­fore the hol­i­days.

Within the last month, Avery’s mom was ar­rested and in­car­cer­ated — a re­sult of her on­go­ing drug ad­dic­tion — leav­ing his fa­ther to take care of him and his three broth­ers.

While he loves learn­ing, school is not a com­fort­able es­cape from his tu­mul­tuous home life.

At his school, Avery is bul­lied and ha­rassed by his peers for hav­ing a ne­glect­ful mom who would rather choose heroin over her own chil­dren. Some of the kids tell Aver y that it’s his fault that his mom got ad­dicted to drugs, be­cause she couldn’t stand to be sober around a child like him. Some of these bul­lies re­cently cor­nered him at school, shov­ing him back and forth, and telling him that he’s just as pa­thetic as his mom.

Avery wants to take out his anger in a healthy way, by start­ing kick­box­ing classes, but with three broth­ers and a fa­ther who works full-time just to make ends meet, lit­tle money is left over for any­thing, let alone kick­box­ing classes.

Your do­na­tion to The Star Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund could help bring a lit­tle joy to this fam­ily dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

Those wish­ing to do­nate to the fund may send con­tri­bu­tions to The Brighter Christ­mas Fund, c/o The Star Demo­crat, P.O. Box 600, 29088 Air­park Drive, Eas­ton, MD 21601. Dona­tions also may be made on­line at www. brighter­christ­mas­fund.org (click the do­nate but­ton).

The to­tal to date is: $7,219.00

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