Cases 98-100: Children of drug addicts need much support

CASE 98 • L is an energetic, creative and engaging 11-year-old, but he struggles with regulating his emotions. He’s been hospitalized multiple times over the last year. L and his two older sisters were placed in foster care in 2012 because their parents are drug addicts. They were fortunate: Their aunt, Ms. T, adopted them. Things are tough, though; Ms. T works full time but struggles to meet the financial needs of her new family. They need a lot of counseling sessions and psychiatric appointments. The house is in desperate need of updates that Ms. T can’t afford. There’s no money for extras, and nothing in the budget for Christmas. They could use help with utility bills and repairs.

CASE 99 • P and W love life and each other. But at ages 67 and 76, the married couple are finding it more difficult to keep up their home. Their furnace barely passed inspection, and some of their furniture was damaged in flooding this year. They could use clothing, bedding, lamps and end tables.

CASE 100 • F is 16 years old and was molested by a family member. The trauma she endured led to her being hospitalized recently for depression after she attempted suicide. Her mother, Ms. W, struggles to care for F and her three siblings, ages 11, 6 and 3. The youngest was born prematurely and has a hole in her heart. Ms. W asks for help paying utility bills, including $1,115 to Spire. She also asks for gift certificates, bath towels, sheets, utensils, clothes and toys for her kids.

Case profiles by Sara Bryan Miller, Marcia L. Koenig and Leah Thorsen of the Post-Dispatch.

To give

ADOPT A CASE: For highest-need cases, 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 person in the family. Everything goes directly to the family, through a social worker.

DONATE: Monetary gifts to the 100 Neediest Cases general fund are used to help 4,300 cases, and go directly to the families.

FUNDRAISE: Encourage friends, family and others to join you in helping. Set up a fundraising page for your adopted family or the program overall, and have an even bigger impact.

TO HELP: Call 314-421-6060 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, visit 100neediestcases.org, or mail a check payable to "100 Neediest Cases" (no cash) to P.O. Box 955925, St. Louis, Mo. 63195.

Tradition

The tradition of 100 Neediest Cases campaign dates to 1922, when civic leaders formed the Christmas Bureau. The Post-Dispatch has partnered with the program for more than five decades, renaming it 100 Neediest Cases in 1954.

HOW IT WORKS: Social service agencies, working through the United Way, identify thousands of needy families. Volunteers then select 100 cases to be profiled in the newspaper to raise awareness.

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