Sin­gle mom and son ad­just to life on the Shore

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE -

Tina, a sin­gle mother, and her young son Robert could hear the sound of gun­shots nearly ev­ery evening in their Ana­cos­tia neigh­bor­hood in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Po­lice and am­bu­lance sirens were con­stant, and there was no telling what could hap­pen when they set foot out­side their doors.

When Robert turned 6 ear­lier this year, Tina made the de­ci­sion that it was just not safe enough to send him to school in the city.

So she packed up ev­ery­thing they had and headed for her sis­ter’s house in Den­ton.

Her sis­ter gra­ciously has al­lowed them to stay un­til they get es­tab­lished.

Robert is in first grade in el­e­men­tary school and likes his class­mates. He is mak­ing lots of friends and his teach­ers say he is do­ing well.

He and his friends love to play soc­cer.

Tina has just landed a job and is look­ing for a place she and Robert can call home, but right now, money is hard to come by for Christ­mas gifts.

Tina says Robert needs some new clothes for school, a warm coat, a soc­cer ball and some equip­ment that will get him out­doors and prac­tic­ing for spring. Your do­na­tion to The Star

Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund could help Robert and Tina 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: $42,315.10.

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

In mem­ory of Babe and Betty Laird In mem­ory of Stan­ley and Vir­gina Howeth

In mem­ory of Peter Libby Karen Zeliff

Flora Sossi

Laura Zagon

Richard Til­gh­man

Matthew Al­bers

Mike and Margot McCon­nel In mem­ory of Mary Weaver Diana Miles

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