CASE 70 • Ms. S, 34, is having a difficult time because a broken ankle has rendered her unable to work. She is the mother of an 8-year-old son but also has custody of her two young nieces and two young nephews because her sister’s mental illness has left her unable to care for them. With only one mattress for the entire household, Ms. S is asking for bedding, four twin mattresses and one baby crib for her 1-year-old niece. The children also need shoes and winter coats. Christmas presents for the children would be appreciated, such as a basketball and hoop, dolls and bikes. Ms. S also would welcome financial help with utility bills.
CASE 71 • Struggling to raise nine children on his own, Mr. M is a single dad trying not to disappoint his family this holiday season. His monthly salary isn’t enough to cover the food, clothing and utilities needed to keep his children ages 1 to 17 warm and safe. He would like to make plans for the holiday that include toys as well as the necessities for his large and loving family.
CASE 72 • Ms. P has had a mastectomy for breast cancer. She’s blind in one eye. The costs of home repairs and bills are becoming increasingly difficult for her to cover. She could use whatever help she can get to keep her head above water.
Case profiles by Celeste Bott, Blythe Bernhard and Jacob Barker of the Post-Dispatch.