Mom of 3 seek­ing a bet­ter Christ­mas

Kent County News - - FRONT PAGE - Melinda Simp­kins Seth and Missy Warfield Abou Ben Ad­hem Barbara Beshel Ann and Ras­mus Apenes Anony­mous Muriel Schied Barbara and Paul Den­ton Paul and Lau­rie Blum­berh Al and Dag­mer Gipe In mem­ory of Cor­nelia Har­ri­son

Vanessa is a 27-year-old im­mi­grant from Cen­tral Amer­ica, who came to the United States with her boyfriend Joaquin and three chil­dren to es­cape ex­treme poverty and gang vi­o­lence.

Joaquin promised to take care of Vanessa and the chil­dren, and while he started off car­ing and kind, he changed and be­came very jeal­ous and pos­ses­sive. Later he started hang­ing around peo­ple who in­flu­enced him to con­sume drugs and al­co­hol.

Though Vanessa suf­fered a lot, Joaquin did not seem to have any re­morse. He hit her in front of her chil­dren and hu­mil­i­ated her.

Your do­na­tion to The Star Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund could help Vanessa 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.brighter­christ­mas­ Click the “Do­nate” but­ton.

The to­tal to date is: $13,639. Those shar­ing the spirit of giv­ing with oth­ers this hol­i­day in­clude:

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