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.