Cases 19-20: Mother works two jobs to afford safer apartment

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100 Neediest

Drawing by Helen Jiang of MICDS.

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.

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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