Young family struggling with mental health issues
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
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
Bill and Denise Riley
Richard and Marian Trippe Martin and Suzanne Haley Donald Goodliffe
Carl and Susie Ewing Edward Wyant
Neal and Patricia O’Shea ROBERT Paulus
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
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
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