Thank you for supporting 100 Neediest Cases

The 100 Neediest Cases program helps so many local people have a great holiday season and a strong start to the new year.

“I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. My family and I would be in such a bind without your help.”

– 100 Neediest Cases recipient


The thousands of local families and individuals supported by 100 Neediest Cases are real people with real needs.

Without you, their holiday season will be so much tougher.

Families and individuals need your help this holiday season

Mr. and Mrs. W have three young children who mean the world to them, and they have never let their children down. It’s been difficult for them to provide the support their children need, as complications with Mr. W’s diabetes have put him on sick leave. Mrs. W is a full-time caregiver to the children, and their oldest son has a diagnosis of severe autism spectrum disorder. The family has fallen behind on most of their bills and struggles to keep afloat. These parents love their children dearly and make an effort to ensure that despite their financial situation, they come to school every morning with smiles on their faces, ready to learn.


Ms. E is a disabled 55-year-old grandmother raising four grandchildren, in addition to providing support to her adult daughter who is mentally disabled. She was forced to resign from her employment this year due to failing health. Additionally, she has been fighting to receive her disability for over two years. Ms. E relies solely on TNAF of $234 per month. She is several months behind on her mortgage and is in threat of having her utilities shut off. She also has large outstanding balances with her water and sewer company. The children are in need of clothing, shoes, winter coats and other necessities, like nutritious food. The household runs out of food often. Additionally, she was just notified that she may have cancer in addition to the other conditions. This family would greatly benefit from some assistance this holiday season.



V is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a hardworking mother to her 15-year-old daughter. She describes her daughter as “the light of her life.” V encourages her daughter to do well in school and develop the sense of work ethic and independence she herself learned in the Air Force. V’s mother recently passed away, leaving V a lot of financial turmoil to sift through. Any assistance at Christmas would be received with gratitude by this selfless woman and her bright daughter.



You can feel confident that your gift is making a difference, because every dollar raised for the 100 Neediest Cases program goes to help local people.


Choose to adopt one of thousands of high need cases before Christmas to help address specific needs and brighten someone’s life during the holiday season.


Now you can easily encourage your friends and family to help make the holiday season bright for local families in need with our new fundraising platform.

Every dollar raised for the 100 Neediest Cases program goes to help people. All administrative and fundraising costs are absorbed by United Way, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and more than 60 area social service agencies.