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Cases 33-36: Family faces eviction after pandemic hits

100 Neediest Cases artwork for 2021 by high school students

100 Neediest Cases artwork by Mary Ha, Lindbergh High School

Case 33: COVID-19 caused Ms. S’s family life to spiral out of control. Before the pandemic, Ms. S, 32, worked two jobs to support her four children, ages 1, 2, 8 and 11, but the pandemic caused her employer to cut her hours and she fell behind on rent and bills. Today, Ms. S is working part time and going to school to pursue a practical nursing license, but her family is facing eviction. She said this holiday season “any blessing is a blessing.”  

Case 34: Ms. G's house has lead and is falling apart, and she can't afford to fix it. At age 76, her vision is failing, and her knees could be next. She is hoping for help to save her home and pay utility bills. She would be grateful for anything she receives.

Case 35: At just 13, A has endured more tragedy than most people do in a lifetime. His parents abused him and his seven younger siblings. They moved constantly, often sleeping on the floor of other people’s homes. Then, a year ago, his 2-year-old brother was beaten to death. The surviving siblings were sent to live with a cousin, Ms. A, who has been a stabilizing influence. But the family is in dire need of clothing, household goods and furniture. The children, two girls and five boys, would enjoy some books, puzzles and toys.

Case 36: Ms. W’s grandchildren, ages 18 and 9, came to live with her in recent months. A severe bed bug infestation left the children sleeping on the floor on palettes. Ms. W’s health issues, including asthma, gout, high blood pressure and kidney disease, make her unable to work. She does not have enough money to pay the bills or buy new beds. This holiday season, the family would appreciate household items, including beds and mattresses, and help with utilities and bills.

Case profiles by Erin Heffernan, Austin Huguelet, Colleen Schrappen and Katie Kull of the Post-Dispatch.

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