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Cases 28-29: Family recovering from fire needs basics, also tuition help

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100 Neediest

Drawing by DeNise Summers of Lindbergh HIgh School.

CASE 28 • Ms. D is 47 and the head of a household that includes two adult daughters and two grandchildren, ages 2 and 7. Ms. D has asthma, heart problems and poor vision. She is on a fixed income that barely covers basic expenses. The family was already struggling when an electrical fire at their home destroyed their belongings. Ms. D hasn’t been able to replace furnishings, clothing and other necessities. The family needs help to cover food, rent and utilities. They also would greatly appreciate assistance with buying couches, chairs, a dining room set, beds, clothing and shoes.

CASE 29 • Ms. R is in end-stage renal failure and relies on dialysis. She’s hoping for a kidney transplant soon. She tries to stay positive around her daughters, ages 11 and 20, but her youngest never wants to leave her side. Ms. R has rearranged her budget to help pay for her older daughter’s college expenses but has fallen behind on other bills, including utilities. She’s hoping to give her daughters a happy, stress-free holiday to raise their spirits. She would be grateful for tuition assistance as well as clothing and household items.

Case profiles by Lisa Eisenhauer and Christine Byers of the Post-Dispatch.

To give

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.

WAYS 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 the more than 4,000 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.

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