CASE 19 • The last straw for Ms. N was when her 13-year-old daughter found a dead body behind their apartment complex. She had to get her family into a better neighborhood. She’s holding down two jobs to make needed improvements to their new place. Her adult daughter, 24, and Ms. N’s 2-year-old grandson, who has health complications from his premature birth, recently moved in because of a mice infestation at the daughter’s apartment. Ms. N has her own health issues, including arthritis. Money is tight because years ago, through no fault of her own, Ms. N was receiving too much Social Security. Now she must repay thousands of dollars. Ms. N also has two other daughters, ages 10 and 16. The entire family would be grateful for any help this Christmas. Sweaters, coats and toys, plus bedding and household goods would be appreciated.
CASE 20 • Ms. S is an immigrant seeking asylum in the U.S., awaiting a permit to work legally. She has an uncle who provides a place for her and her three children to live, but she has very few resources to support her family. She would appreciate food, diapers, clothing, cleaning supplies, bus passes, furniture, beds and a crib.
Case profiles by Cathy Hensley and Doug Moore of the Post-Dispatch.