CASE 96 • Medical bills have taken a toll on this family of six over the past 18 months. The oldest child, a girl, 15, was hospitalized for spinal meningitis. Her youngest brother, born a month early last year, has had a battery of health issues requiring hospital stays. The 15-year-old and her 10-year-old sister have incurred medical bills from broken bones this year. To help pay the bills, their mother, Ms. K, 38, has maxed out her credit cards and is struggling to meet basic needs for her young family. She would appreciate food, clothing, diapers, cleaning supplies, toiletries and toys, books, puzzles and school supplies for the children.
CASE 97 • Mr. and Mrs. J and their four young children have been homeless for most of the year since their house caught fire. The fire took all of their possessions, and it struck just a few months after Mr. J, 28, was wounded in a shooting late last year. He was shot five times, leaving him unable to use his arms, which has made it difficult for him to find work. Without a job or income, the couple has limited means to find a home for their four children, who range from 1 to 8 years old. The family would appreciate any assistance, including help with rent, canned food, clothing and toys for the children.
Case profiles by Doug Moore and Nassim Benchaabane of the Post-Dispatch.