Brighter Christ­mas Fund help­ing Eastern Shore kids

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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.brighter­christ­mas­ (click the do­nate but­ton).

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