Woman rais­ing four grand­kids

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Char­lotte con­sid­ers her four grand­chil­dren — Mia, Ken­dra, Camila and Ma­son — to be one of life’s great­est gifts.

She was there when each one was born, and has been to nearly ev­ery school pro­gram and birth­day party. She helped out when they came down with the flu, and she has been that ex­tra pair of hands in their lives.

She has seen their ups and downs, and knows the joys and sor­rows of each one.

But now, through no one’s fault, she is faced with hav­ing to raise them.

Their mother is gone, and her son could not han­dle them on his own, so he brought them to live with her in her small house. Char­lotte’s hus­band died years ago.

She works a full-time job, so she is not home dur­ing the day. Ten-year-old Mia helps to look out for her lit­tle sis­ters and brother.

Mia has reached the age where she is in­ter­ested more grown-up things; Ken­dra and Camila are close in age, 6 and 7, and tend to stick to­gether, the way sis­ters do. Lit­tle Ma­son is 4, the only boy.

Char­lotte is not as fit as she used to be, and she is ex­hausted when she comes home at the end of the day.

But she’s al­ways happy to see their smil­ing faces and glad they are at her house and safe. She wants to try to give them ev­ery­thing they need.

With four more mouths to feed and the ex­tra ex­penses, her pay­check is stretch­ing thin­ner and thin­ner. Her son is be­tween jobs and not able to help.

Your do­na­tion to The Star Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund could help Char­lotte dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Tax-de­ductible do­na­tions, which also hewlp 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.

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