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Good Samaritan Aids Stuggling Student, Mom


Richard (Dick) Aldridge presents a new computer to Michelle Fox at a recent Charles County Commissioners meeting. Fox works three part-time jobs and attends CSM, while raising a family. The PC will help her complete her coursework at home. (Photo: George Clarkson)
Richard (Dick) Aldridge presents a new computer to Michelle Fox at a recent Charles County Commissioners meeting. Fox works three part-time jobs and attends CSM, while raising a family. The PC will help her complete her coursework at home. (Photo: George Clarkson)

LA PLATA, Md. (Nov. 17, 2008)—Richard (Dick) Aldridge, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Charles County government is a good guy. Some say he's a great person. His co-workers and friends say his actions always speak louder than his words.

Recently, Aldridge was contacted by County Commissioner Vice President Edith Patterson (District 2) about a College of Southern Maryland student named Michelle Fox, who was in desperate need of a computer to complete her coursework. Fox is a Waldorf mother who works three part-time jobs, attends CSM, and in-between time, raises a family.

Patterson, who is also a professor at CSM, said she had heard that Fox was running from pillar to post to find a computer. “Many times she had to leave her children with babysitters while she completed research projects on borrowed equipment,” said Patterson. “I thought Mr. Aldridge could help her with a refurbished computer from the County's IT area.”

But Aldridge didn't want to give Fox an old computer. Instead, he dug deep into his own pocket and bought Fox a brand new computer.

“I don't want any credit. I just saw a need, and I wanted to make someone happy,” said Aldridge.

Fox said the computer will help her complete assignments in the comfort of her home while spending quality time with her family.

“I can't thank Mr. Aldridge and Commissioner Patterson enough,” said Fox. “It's good to know there are still caring people in this world.”

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