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Cases 7-9: Woman juggles caring for 7 children with visiting injured husband

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100 Neediest

Drawing by Kyle Matthes of DeSmet High School.

CASE 7 • Ms. A’s husband was recently injured in an attack and is in a nursing home, unable to walk, eat or breathe on his own. Meanwhile, she is caring for her five children ages 4 to 12, as well as her niece and nephew, ages 8 and 9. The family would appreciate help with food, clothing and bills, plus gift certificates to Walmart or Target.

CASE 8 • After his mother’s death from cancer in 2006, C now lives with his two teenage siblings, his maternal grandmother, his aunt and her three children and four grandchildren. A teenager himself, C is a gentle soul who is always willing to help. The family needs money for utility bills and car repairs as well as household items, food, clothing and bicycles for the children.

CASE 9 • Between caring for six grandchildren and dealing with her health problems, Ms. B, 60, doesn’t have the time or money to pay for home repairs. Ms. B suffers from diabetes, sleep apnea, chronic nerve pain disorder, high blood pressure and narcolepsy. Her insulin and medications take a chunk out of the household budget. After paying for necessities for her grandchildren, who range from 8 to 15 years old, Ms. B has no money to fix the furnace that is leaking carbon monoxide. Her house also needs repairs to the foundation and porch, and may be condemned.

Case profiles by Erin Heffernan, Robert Patrick and Rachel Rice 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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