Brighter Christmas Fund


Generous donors opened their hearts and wallets to give nearly $106,000 to The Star Democrat‘s Brighter Christmas Fund. Your donations helped over 1,600 children and nearly 700 families during the 2020 holiday season.

We are pleased to continue acknowledging all those who have generously donated to the Fund in 2020, as we are still receiving donations through the mail.

From Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2020, The Star Democrat and its sister newspapers published stories each day about families in Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Kent counties who struggled to provide a Christmas for their children. These stories were the only way The Star Democrat solicited donations for the Brighter Christmas Fund.

Because of your generosity, parents and caregivers were able to provide gifts for their children. The Star Democrat donated 100% of the Fund’s administrative and operating costs.

The Brighter Christmas Fund is a 501(c)(3) charity, and tax-deductible donations, which also help 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 via credit card or Paypal at Click the “Donate” button. For more information about the Fund, call 410-200-1884 or email

The total to date is $105,895.75.

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

In honor of Cherie Spector

David and Ronya Driscoll

J. Lee and Phyllis Bailey


Frank and Elizabeth Lawlor

In honor of Mikayla Gibson

In memory of Dr. Nick Flagler

Christopher and Catherine Levey

In memory of Harold Ringgold

National Catholic Community Foundation — The Cole Sisters’ Charitable Gift Fund

Lana Harding

Carol Thompson

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