CASE 42 • Ms. E and her three children have suffered enough violence and heartache in one year to last a lifetime. Ms. E’s fiancé, the father of her 3-year-old son, was shot and killed while driving to work, temporarily forcing the family into hiding. Months later, Ms. E was walking to her car when she was wounded by a stray bullet. Then, her youngest child was in a serious car accident that left him with health issues and the family with major medical bills. The chaos has taken a toll on Ms. E’s 11-year-old daughter, who is struggling at school, and her 10-year-old son, who has been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. The family could use happier times, particularly for the holidays. Board games, pajamas, winter coats, scarves and hats would be appreciated. Gift cards to Walmart or Applebee’s would be a special treat, and the family could use help to catch up on utility bills.
CASE 43 • Ms. D, 37, suffers from cancer, a heart condition and high blood pressure. Her health problems prevent her from working, so she and her three children are living with relatives. Things are tough, but she does her best to stay positive around her children. She asks for food, clothing and toys for the kids — especially Spiderman and Batman toys for her two boys, ages 6 and 7.
CASE 44 • Ms. E is 68 and disabled, suffering from diabetes and other chronic health issues. She has been drained financially and emotionally for more than a year. She gets by on Social Security benefits of $770 a month and $65 in food stamps. During this holiday season she would appreciate help with her utilities and grocery bills.
Case profiles by Cathy Hensley, Leah Thorsen and Denise Hollinshed of the Post-Dispatch.