The Star Democrat

Out-of-work mom wants happy Christmas for kids


Maria is an out-of-work single mom with another baby on the way. She got sick in October and had to be hospitaliz­ed. Her employer fired her because she missed work when she was sick.

Now it’s Christmas time, and Maria would like to make it a joyful, memorable occasion but she has no money to provide gifts for Johnna, 5, Riley, 7, and Carter, 9. The support their father provides pays the bills but there’s no extra.

A donation to the Brighter Christmas Fund could help Maria’s children to have the amazing holiday of which she dreams.

The Brighter Christmas Fund is a 501(c)(3) charity, and taxdeducti­ble 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 via credit card or Paypal at www. brighterch­ristmasfun­ Click the “Donate” button. For more informatio­n about the Fund, call 410-200-1884.

The total to date is: $104,520.58.

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

In Loving Memory of Grace and Pete Sweitzer Sweitzer Marine

Hanna and Bill Sweitzer In Loving Memory of Jay Liesener

Ann and Rasmus Apenes Richard M. Hunt

Ronald F. and Agnus T. Virostek Ronya and David Driscoll A Friend in Neavitt

Bob Ebel and Leslie Steen Lynda Ramsey-Bradshaw

Sara Lou Casson Michael J. Fanning Vietnam Veterans of America — Chapter 648

Mike and Bridget Wheatley S. and G. Scherping

The Christmas Shop Elves In Memory of Debbie Carmine, George Willey Sr, Buddy Willey, Carolyn

Willey and Christophe­r Henry Ann H. and L. Michael Sweeney Bay Imprint

Tom and Celeste Pyper Nancy Fox

David and Brenda Rardin Kathleen Tyson Kennedy and Dawn Barrett Kennedy In Memory of my Wife, Lee Anderson

Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study

In Loving Memory of our Son, Travis Pepper

David and Valarie Bittner In Memory of Joanna Basil Phyllis and J. Lee Bailey In Loving Memory of our Son, Mark A. Chaplan

Lloyd and Jo Ann Devigne Terry Shaefer and Gail Donaway Charles and Jan Bohn

Ed and Wendy Bishop Woody, Lisa and Luca

In Loving Memory of Frank and Mary Ann Klein from the Klein Children

The Swansons

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