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Cases 4-6: Man caring for sister's children was laid off from work

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100 Neediest

Drawing by Cenzie LaCrone of St. Clair High School.

CASE 4 • Mr. J has been supporting his nephew and three nieces since his sister was incarcerated. He was laid off from his job, but has found a position that allows him to pay small bills and some rent. He wants to avoid relying on food stamps and government assistance. Mr. J would like educational toys for the children, ages 1-6, plus winter clothing, shoes and household items.

CASE 5 • Mr. N was working two jobs to support his young family, which expanded last November to include a fifth child. He had just put a deposit on a rental house and was on his way to donate plasma for some extra money when he was shot. His injuries left him unable to communicate, and he now needs around-the-clock care. Mrs. N had to move with her children into a relative’s home. She works part time, cares for her children and visits her husband as much as possible. She would appreciate assistance to put a deposit on a place of their own, plus furniture, clothing and toys for the children, a girl and four boys.

CASE 6 • Ms. B is 58 years old and lives with her adult daughter, who has intellectual disabilities. Due to a fall on a wet floor at work, Ms. B has not been able to return and her Social Security income is not enough to pay her bills. She doesn’t own a car and has to go to two or three food pantries a month to feed herself and her daughter. The gas has been cut off, and they plan to stay warm this winter with propane and electric heaters. She’d appreciate help with bills, plus gift cards, as well as some extras for her daughter, such as puzzles meant for a preschooler, or a tablet to download communication apps.

Case profiles by Robert Patrick, Colleen Schrappen and Valerie Schremp Hahn 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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