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.