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.