As a single mom, Lisa still believed a fairy tale romance was possible.

When she met John, they were both taking college classes, and he got a job while she worked. The old cliché was true for Lisa: He swept her off her feet.

John was attentive in endearing ways. He loved to go shopping with Lisa and her young daughter, and he always offered to drive them wherever they wanted to go. He brought them little gifts.

But eventually his attentiveness became more controlling. He began to insist they go places together without her friends. He told her she would spend all her time with him if she really loved him. They stopped going out altogether when he accused her of cheating on him. He constantly told her she was a bad mother.

Lisa eventually lost her job because of John’s controlling behavior. She lost her income and was beginning to lose her self-confidence. She was losing control of her life.

Then the physical abuse began. Lisa reached out to a local agency for help. She was able to separate from John and get a protective order, hopefully to keep her and her daughter safe.

Now Lisa finds herself starting over right before Christmas. She and her daughter would be so grateful for assistance from the Brighter Christmas Fund.

Your donation to The Star Democrat’s Brighter Christmas Fund could help Lisa and her daughter during the holiday season.

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 at www.stardem.com/brighter_christmas_fund/donate/. Click the “Donate” button.

For more information, call 410-200-1884 or email bcf@chespub.com.

The total to date is: $12,656.50.

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

In memory of Robert Culhane

Karl Lemp

Edward and Candace Liccione

Abou Ben Adam

Bonnie and Tim Haynes

Nik and Kyle Haynes

Jo Ann Storey

Halden and Sandra Totten

National Catholic Community Foundation

The Bell Family Fund

Muriel Schied

Maurice and Susan Newnam

In memory of my husband Dan Dudrow

Sharon Paz

Laurence L. Driggs III

David Crum

Ann Crocker

Emory Tate

Jeremiah Keenan

Pierre Bernasse

Gary Saluti

Cynthia Counihan

Bonnie Morro

Peter Misiaszek

The Remo Family

Paul and Rita Connolly

Paul and Faith Carroll

In memory of Anne Love Smith

In memory of Chet Hargraves

In memory of Debbie Carmine

In memory of my husband Vincent Brown

In memory of Cecil and Sylvia Gannon

Carroll J. Waskins

William H. Wood

Diane & Ed Blake

Anne H. Dudley

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