Brighter Christ­mas Fund kicks off 35th year

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EAS­TON — The Star Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund kicks off its 35th year this month, and the fund’s board of di­rec­tors and part­ner agen­cies met re­cently to ready for this year’s fundrais­ing drive.

The fund helps pro­vide chil­dren with toys and cloth­ing un­der the Christ­mas tree.

Be­gin­ning Thurs­day, Nov. 15, and con­tin­u­ing through the end of the year, The Star Demo­crat will pub­lish sto­ries each day about fam­i­lies in Tal­bot, Caro­line, Dorch­ester, Queen Anne’s and Kent coun­ties who are strug­gling to pro­vide a Christ­mas for their chil­dren. The

names and some de­tails con­cern­ing those fea­tured in the sto­ries will be changed to pro­tect their anonymity.

Those sto­ries are the only way The Star

Demo­crat so­lic­its dona­tions for the Brighter Christ­mas Fund.

In 2017 — its 34th year — the Brighter Christ­mas Fund raised more than $120,000, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of Mid-Shore read­ers and res­i­dents. Those dona­tions al­lowed the fund to help more than 800 fam­i­lies and 1,900 chil­dren have a brighter hol­i­day. It was the 14th year in a row the Brighter Christ­mas Fund raised more than $100,000.

This year, the Brighter Christ­mas Fund board of di­rec­tors in­cludes Tim Ka­gan, Tracy Ber­ri­gan, Tony Mo­han, Michael Wheat­ley, Pres­i­dent David Fike, David All­top, Melodie Haufe, John Griep, Betsy Grif­fin, Paul Ha­good and Jac­que­line Sanchez.

The Star Demo­crat do­nates all of the fund’s ad­min­is­tra­tive and op­er­at­ing costs. David Fike, the pres­i­dent of the fund’s board of di­rec­tors, is pub­lisher of The Star Demo­crat and pres­i­dent of APG Me­dia of Ch­e­sa­peake, the pa­per’s owner.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing ac­cepted now for fam­i­lies in Tal­bot, Caro­line, Dorch­ester, Queen Anne’s and Kent coun­ties to ap­ply for Christ­mas as­sis­tance.

Tax-de­ductible dona­tions 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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Mem­bers of The Star Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund Board of Di­rec­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lo­cal agen­cies that part­ner with the fund met re­cently to ready for the Fund’s 35th year.

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