Brighter Christmas Fund kicks off 35th year
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.
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.