Grandma rais­ing son’s chil­dren

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Front Page -

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 has seen their ups and downs and knows the joys and sor­rows of each one. But now, she is faced with rais­ing them.

Their mother is gone, and her son could not han­dle them on his own, so he brought them to live with her. 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.

Char­lotte 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 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.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ chrisp_s­tar­dem. Email me at [email protected]­dem.com.

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