Grand­mother strug­gles to raise four grand­chil­dren

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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 in Cor­dova. 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. Do­na­tions also may be made on­line at www.brighter­christ­mas­fund.org. Click the “Do­nate” but­ton.

The to­tal to date is:

$29,045.10

Those shar­ing the spirit of giv­ing with oth­ers this hol­i­day in­clude: S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic

Church R. Gor­don Graves

Wil­liam T. Hunt

Rick And Jan Hyn­son

John And Bar­bara Yaissle Anony­mous

In mem­ory of Frederick B. Fox In mem­ory of Au­drey, Alice and

Buster

In mem­ory of Thomas Hunter Bri­gadier Gen­eral Al­bert E. Hunter In mem­ory of Car­rie E. Leonard In mem­ory of Ernest, Mae and

Lath­ern

In mem­ory of Sun­day, MJ and Joe In honor of Libby and Ava In mem­ory of Louis Jones In mem­ory of Skip Camp­bell and

Earle Swann

In honor of my grand­sons:

Eli, Ja­cob, Cooper, Grif­fin and

Rhett

In mem­ory of my wife, Lee

Anderson

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