CASE 47 • Ms. S’s daughter was kidnapped when she was just 12 years old. Her throat was slashed and she was left for dead. The girl survived, and her attacker has been jailed. Now, the family is struggling to make ends meet as they cope with her recovery. Ms. S recently returned to work after taking time off to care for her daughter. She’s behind on bills, has outstanding parking tickets, the gas has been disconnected and the electricity could be next. She has a son, 16, and two other daughters, ages 10 and 3. Any donations would be welcome.
CASE 48 • After losing everything in a fire in July, Ms. J and her family could use help to get back on their feet. Ms. J works to provide for her three children, one of whom is pregnant, and her mother, who also lives with them. But it’s been a financial and emotional struggle trying to rebuild. Immediate needs include clothing, household items, cleaning supplies, toiletry items and food. Ms. J, 46, also asks for help fixing her home. The wiring and appliances all need repair. Any assistance would be appreciated.
CASE 49 • Ms. A has faced challenges her whole life. Now 25, and the mother of three, she has struggled with depression since childhood. She has also had chronic fatigue, headaches and other problems. She finally has a diagnosis: Chiari malformation, a condition in which brain tissue pushes into the spinal canal. Her third child, a 3-year-old girl, weighed 1 pound at birth and spent her first five months in intensive care. The girl is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, needs a ventilator to breathe and is fed through a tube. Ms. A struggles to pay her bills and put food on the table. Donations could help this family with rent, food and clothing.
Case profiles by Christine Byers, Celeste Bott and Jeremy Kohler of the Post-Dispatch.