CASE 24 • Ms. B developed severe arthritis in her knees working for years in a physically demanding job. But it was worth it to keep her family afloat. Then, after 11 years, she was laid off. She has been able to scrape by on unemployment, but with two children, two foster children and a grandchild in her home, she worries that won’t last. Ms. B is hopeful that an upcoming interview will lead to a desk job that won’t strain her knees. Meanwhile, any support — rent assistance, household goods, furniture and clothing — would be a blessing.
CASE 25 • Ms. M and her husband fled to the U.S. with their two small children to escape gang violence and threats. The refugee family gets by on the father’s jobs in construction and landscaping. But the work is waning in the cold weather, and paychecks are not enough to cover rent and utilities. These parents are struggling with the stress of a new life that remains unstable. They would like help with rent and utility bills, food, diapers, dishes, bedding, winter clothing and a crib.
Case profiles by Colleen Schrappen and Doug Moore of the Post-Dispatch.
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 individual 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.