Brighter Christmas Fund helping Eastern Shore kids
The Star Democrat‘s Brighter Christmas Fund this week kicks off its 35th season of “providing children with a brighter Christmas.”
The Brighter Christmas Fund started in 1983 to help families who didn’t have enough money to have a good Christmas. The fund helps provide toys and clothing under the Christmas tree for local children.
The stories of need abound. Each day throughout the holidays, we will publish a story describing the circumstance of a child or a family in need on the Mid-Shore. Their names will be changed to protect their identities and to preser ve their dignity. Stories will be published in
The Star Democrat and online, as well as in our affiliated weekly papers. The stories will include a list of donors who contributed to the success of this year’s fundraising.
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.
The Brighter Christmas Fund’s success hasn’t been driven much by large donations either. A vast majority of the donations are made $30 to $40 at a time. That makes for a lot of donations from people to add up to more than $100,000.
In addition to the daily stories,
The Star Democrat also picks up all the fund’s administrative and operating costs so 100 percent of donations go to help local children and families.
Applications are being accepted now for families in Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Kent counties to apply for Christmas assistance.
Your donations to the Brighter Christmas Fund have changed many, many lives year after year. You have brought joy to the hearts of countless children and helped others in need.
As this holiday season of gift giving begins, please know that your donations to the Brighter Christmas Fund mean a lot to the people who are the beneficiaries of your generosity. They appreciate your support and we appreciate the opportunity to once again be the conduit to bringing the spirit of the season to others.
Those wishing to donate to the fund may send contributions to The Brighter Christmas Fund, c/o The Star Democrat, P.O. Box 600, 29088 Airpark Drive, Easton, MD 21601. Donations also may be made online at www.brighterchristmasfund.org (click the donate button).