Young fam­ily strug­gling with men­tal health is­sues

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The stigma of hav­ing men­tal health prob­lems is a fa­mil­iar one for the Glass fam­ily of Dorch­ester County.

Of the chil­dren, Chad, who is 11, and Con­stance, who is 9, have learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and were able to be placed in a men­tal health sup­port pro­gram that they at­tend af­ter school and other times.

Their mother is the sole provider of the fam­ily. Chad and Con­stance also have a lit­tle brother, Ja­son, who is 5.

Chad has a lot of learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties but truly tries his hard­est to be pro­duc­tive in school and the com­mu­nity.

His teach­ers re­port Chad is ac­tu­ally very bright but has trou­ble some­times pro­cess­ing in­for­ma­tion. He vol­un­teers to help when­ever he can and longs to fit in with oth­ers.

Con­stance’s dis­abil­ity is a lit­tle more pro­nounced. She some­times has trou­ble con­cen­trat­ing on every day tasks, such as get­ting dressed, brush­ing her teeth and fol­low­ing di­rec­tions.

Both Chad and Con­stance are well liked by the staff at their school and have never been in trou­ble there or in the com­mu­nity.

Their mother works, but pro­vid­ing for three chil­dren is a stretch.

With two chil­dren who re­quire ex­tra care and a lit­tle one, there are only so many hours in the day to try to ad­vance her ca­reer or fig­ure out how to get ahead. She has a tough time com­ing up with money to pay for gifts the chil­dren de­serve.

Chad, Con­stance and Ja­son’s mother is hop­ing to be able to buy some kitchen items and table­top games they could play to­gether for Christ­mas.

She and Chad’s teach­ers feel he would ben­e­fit greatly from a tablet, which would help him get used to func­tion­ing in the dig­i­tal age.

She says Con­stance needs cold weather clothes — socks, hats, gloves and blan­kets, and lit­tle Ja­son prob­a­bly would en­joy some Le­gos.

Your do­na­tion to

Brighter Christ­mas Fund could help Chad, Con­stance, Ja­son and their mother 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.

The to­tal to date is: $41,415.10

Those shar­ing the spirit of giv­ing with oth­ers this hol­i­day in­clude:

In mem­ory of our daugh­ter Je­na­pher Lynn Glime

In honor of our son Tony Glime In mem­ory of our brother John S. Nash

In honor of the Trin­ity Thread­ers Mike and Mau­reen Ja­cobs Car­olyn and Rick Roun­tree Den­ton Lions Club

Karol Red­line

Robert Cof­fren

Zachary and Florence Wil­coxon Joe and Fran Lug­ge­rio

Delia and Mar­vin Lang An­thony and Camille Pas­sarella H. Wade and Jan­ice Dudrow L. Bradley and Joyce Baker

Dr. and Mrs. Bran­don Ber­man Kaye Dutrow

In honor of Olivia, Noah, Sophia and Dy­lan Valente

Phil and Kathy Sto­vall Stan­ley and Bev­er­ley Martin Craig and Lisa Hawkins Mar­ian Pat­ter­son

The Sidewinder Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion

J. Robert Bar­ton

Joan Daven­port

Bill and Denise Ri­ley

Carol Koste

Richard and Mar­ian Trippe Martin and Suzanne Ha­ley Don­ald Goodliffe

Carl and Susie Ewing Ed­ward Wyant

Neal and Pa­tricia O’Shea ROBERT Paulus

Joanne Ma­gruder

Suzy and Larry Fish In mem­ory of Dr. and Mrs. Justin T. Calla­han

Ken­neth and Wendy Gib­son

Gail and Charles Waesche Chest­nut grov United Methodist Women’s

An­thony and Dian Mo­han Su­san and Paul Car­roll

Elva Pierce

In mem­ory of my father W. Leroy Lyons

In mem­ory of Dan Pritch­ett

In honor of He­len Pritch­ett In mem­ory of T.V.Mc Guin­ness In mem­ory of our son Mark Alan Ca­plan

In mem­ory of my mom Deanie Healy

In mem­ory of Jim and Mark

Townsend

In mem­ory of Ro­man H. Ortt In mem­ory of Philip and Emily Ortt In mem­ory of Kathryn ”Kitty” Col­lier In mem­ory of Ge­orge and Lilly Tucker

In mem­ory of Lewis “Butch” Bul­lock In mem­ory of Michelle Bul­lock Laugh­man

In mem­ory of John Fletcher In mem­ory of John Fletcher In mem­ory of Dr. Ge­orge Hub­bard In mem­ory of Wal­ter and Ann Lord In mem­ory of Kather­ine Mourlas In mem­ory of Clarence and Eve­lyn Tucker

In mem­ory of Ben­nett W. Ha­ley In mem­ory of Mar­ion Krzy­wda

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