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Cases 67-69: Woman opens her home to family of 6

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100 Neediest

Drawing by Asia Johnson-Brimmage of MICDS.

CASE 67 • Ms. M, 54, recently took in a family of six when she helped her friend escape a violent domestic relationship. Her friend had little more than the clothes on her back, but Ms. M offered her and her five children, ages 11 to 17, a place to stay. All seven people are sharing a two-bedroom apartment, and Ms. M is struggling to keep up with the family’s needs. She could use gifts of food vouchers, clothes and financial assistance for utilities and other household expenses this holiday season.

CASE 68 • Ms. C, 66, has some serious health problems. She recently had her leg amputated and undergoes dialysis three to four days a week. Yet, she has cared for her two nieces, 8 and 10, since they were born. The family would be grateful for any help this holiday season. The girls like riding bikes and other outdoor activities, plus purses, dolls, board games, clothes, electronics and music. Ms. C needs a toilet commode chair for disabled people, gowns and shorts due to her amputation.

CASE 69 • Ms. D’s newborn son has been in intensive care since being born prematurely. The challenging pregnancy was further complicated by the stress of a public housing apartment infested with mice, bugs and mold. Ms. D, 27, has two other children to care for, ages 3 and 11. Home items have been ruined at a time when Ms. D yearns for peace and safety for the new baby.

Case profiles by Erin Heffernan, Jeremy Kohler and Jesse Bogan 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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