Cases 13-15: Lack of wheelchair ramp, lift impedes mother and son

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100 Neediest

Drawing by Branden Steward of St. Louis Community College.

CASE 13 • Ms. B already had her hands full with work and taking care of her adult son, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. It was difficult to get him to doctor’s appointments and other places without a wheelchair ramp at home and no lift for their vehicle. To make her situation more complicated, her daughter was incarcerated three years ago, and Ms. B became the caretaker for five active children, now 6 to 13 years old. Ms. B and her son would be grateful for a wheelchair ramp and a van with a lift. The children would like roller skates, clothes, educational games and African-American dolls.

CASE 14 • She thought he was the love of her life. Then he turned brutal. In 2015, S fled for her life with her four children and made a new start. Two years later, though, S made the mistake of agreeing to a visitation with the children’s father. She was viciously beaten and stabbed in her face, arm, chest, legs and neck. She ended up in the hospital; he ended up in jail. S is again working full time, but she and her children, ages 1 to 12, still bear the scars of the trauma. They’re all in counseling, trying to heal; paying the bill for the home alarm system is a priority.

CASE 15 • Ms. E’s partner was deported unexpectedly after their youngest son was born earlier this year. She works full time to care for her three children and would appreciate help paying utility bills and rent. She also would like gas cards, diapers, food, clothing and children’s books and puzzles.

Case profiles by Colleen Schrappen, Sarah Bryan Miller and Doug Moore 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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