Call 314-421-6060 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays
Mail a check to P.O. Box 955925, St. Louis, Mo. 63195
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For generations, the 100 Neediest Cases campaign has helped thousands of disadvantaged families during the holidays. The tradition dates to 1922, when civic leaders formed the Christmas Bureau. The Post-Dispatch has partnered with the program for more than five decades, renaming the campaign 100 Neediest Cases in 1954. Annual donations to the campaign swelled to $1.4 million last year from $400 in 1922.
HOW IT WORKS • More than 70 social service agencies, working through the United Way, identify thousands of needy families. This year, nearly 12,400 cases were submitted. Volunteers then select 100 cases to be profiled in the newspaper. The profiles help raise awareness and encourage donations for the thousands of other needy families.
TWO WAYS TO GIVE
ADOPT A CASE • Donors can adopt one of the more than 2,000 highest need cases. The 100 families profiled both in print and at STLtoday.com/neediest are just a sampling. The program supplies donors with a list of a family's needs. Donors are asked to meet at least one of the stated needs and provide at least one present for each child. Everything goes directly to the family, through a social worker. Last year more than 800 high-need cases were adopted.
DONATE • Monetary gifts to the 100 Neediest Cases general fund are used to help the 12,400 cases. Those households represent more than 23,000 people. Every family will receive something, and every dollar will go directly to a needy family. Last year, $1.4 million was raised and distributed.
TO ADOPT A CASE OR DONATE • Call 314-421-6060 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, visit 100neediestcases.org, or mail a check to P.O. Box 955925, St. Louis, Mo. 63195.