Fam­ily seeks help af­ter suf­fer­ing hur­ri­cane dam­age

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Wid­ower Ja­son and his chil­dren, Sofia, Al­li­son, Noah and Ben­jamin, are sur­vivors of Hur­ri­cane Michael in Flor­ida.

As the storm ap­proached in Oc­to­ber, they boarded the win­dows of their house, put the dog and cats in pet car­ri­ers, piled into two cars and joined the slow-mov­ing evac­u­a­tion route north.

They man­aged to find a mo­tel and stayed there for sev­eral days. When they were al­lowed to re­turn home, they had a hard time find­ing it. There was no home left — only de­bris.

Wid­ower Ja­son and his chil­dren, Sofia, Al­li­son, Noah and Ben­jamin, are sur­vivors of Hur­ri­cane Michael in Flor­ida.

As the storm ap­proached in Oc­to­ber, they boarded the win­dows of their house, put the dog and cats in pet car­ri­ers, piled into two cars and joined the slow-mov­ing evac­u­a­tion route north.

They man­aged to find a mo­tel and stayed there for sev­eral days. When they were al­lowed to re­turn home, they had a hard time find­ing it. There was no home left — only de­bris.

Rel­a­tives of Ja­son’s late wife in Centreville of­fered to take them in, and with nowhere else to go, the five of them now find them­selves on Mary­land’s East­ern Shore.

Sofia is 15 and a high school sopho­more, and Al­li­son is 12 and a sev­en­th­grader in mid­dle school. Their broth­ers, Noah, 9, and Ben­jamin, 7, are ad­just­ing to life in el­e­men­tary school.

While their rel­a­tives are re­lieved they are safely here with them, Ja­son is mor­ti­fied that he has to de­pend on the char­ity of oth­ers.

He was able to keep his job and trans­fer to a Mary­land lo­ca­tion, but the blow still has been too hard.

He is not able to buy an­other home right now and can­not af­ford to give his chil­dren Christ­mas presents.

And win­ter in Mary­land is some­thing his chil­dren have never ex­pe­ri­enced. Not only did they lose a lot of cloth­ing, but they have no heavy coats or cold weather gear for what’s coming.

Ja­son’s main worry is ad­e­quate cloth­ing for his chil­dren, but he also knows the hol­i­day will be very bleak if he can’t come up with at least one sur­prise for each of them on Christ­mas morn­ing. Your do­na­tion to The Star

Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund could help Ja­son and his four chil­dren dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Taxd­e­ductible do­na­tions, which also hewlp 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 at www.brighter christ­mas­fund.org. Click the “Donate” but­ton.

The to­tal to date is: $51,593.10.

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

Koons Eas­ton Toy­ota Don­ald and Mar­garet Pow­ell

Alan and Lorie Bay­nard Sarah Price

Polly Car­roll Anony­mous Richard and Mary Ann Stephenson Anony­mous

Phyl­lis Dell Tri-County Ru­ri­tan Club In mem­ory of Lil­lian and Charles Tay­lor

Hazel and Leo Fike In mem­ory of Lou Mer­riken

In memor y of Rev. J. Mar­ion and Bessie Grif­fin

In mem­ory of Rev. Ken­neth and Betty Master­man

In mem­ory of Rev. Dr. Wil­liam E. Grif­fin

In honor of Ch­e­sa­peake Chris­tian School

In memor y of Naomi Behrens

In mem­ory of Sal­lie Low­ery Muir, Leon Low­ery Jr.,

Leon Low­ery Sr. and Ethel Geisler Low­ery

In mem­ory of my hus­band Jack Wroten

My mother Doris Mae Todd

My fa­ther Regi­nald P.

Todd Sr.

My sis­ter San­dra Or­ris Rus­sell

In mem­ory of Greg L. Ro­main and Robert H. Strong Sr.

Anony­mous

In mem­ory of Web­ster and Vir­ginia Dorsey

Tay­lor and Zachary Jackson

Vicki Mor­oughan Jack and Mary Doet­zer Bette and Frank Mey­erle

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