About the Campaign

A St. Louis Tradition

For generations, the 100 Neediest Cases campaign has helped thousands of families and individuals during the holidays throughout the St. Louis region. The 100 Neediest Cases tradition began in the 1920s when the Christmas festival provided dinner and toys for those in need.  United Way of Greater St. Louis and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have partnered for more than five decades, renaming the campaign 100 Neediest Cases in 1954. Last year, annual donations to the campaign reached $1.3 million, up from $400 in 1922.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the cases come from?

More than 60 social service agencies, working through the United Way, identify thousands of families and individuals in need. Volunteers then select 100 cases to be profiled in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The profiles help raise awareness and encourage donations for the thousands of others in need. We make an effort to assist every case in some way.

Can I adopt a family?

Yes, see here for more information on adopting a specific case.

Family and individual case adoptions close after Christmas for the 2019 holiday season; however, monetary donations can still be made to support 100 Neediest Cases. Please visit our donation page to help, today.

Do I have to adopt a case or can I donate directly to the 100 Neediest Cases program?
You can make a donation of any amount to the 100 Neediest Cases program to benefit the thousands of families that receive assistance during the holidays.  Your donation helps to ensure all families in need submitted to the program receive some monetary donation. Please visit our donation page to make a donation.
What does it mean to fundraise for 100 Neediest Cases?
You can now encourage your friends and family to help families in need this holiday season by fundraising online through 100 Neediest Cases. To learn more about the fundraising option and how to set up your online page, visit our page on fundraising.
Can I donate furniture, clothes or household goods?
Yes. Once a case is identified, we suggest contacting the client’s agency contact to determine what items would be most beneficial to the family.
Can I donate gift cards?
Gift cards are not encouraged, but will be accepted if the gift cards are designated for a specific case.  Please specify the case number to receive the gift card(s).
Who runs 100 Neediest Cases?

The 100 Neediest Cases tradition began in the early 1900s when the Christmas festival provided dinner and toys for those in need. Today, United Way of Greater St. Louis and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch continue the tradition of giving local area families a brighter holiday. Volunteers are also an integral part of the 100 Neediest Cases’ success, and they offer support to assist donors in their request for adoptions, input donations, answer phones and review thousands of stories.

How much of my gift goes to the actual cases?
You can feel confident that your gift is making a difference, because every dollar raised for the 100 Neediest Cases program goes to help people. All administrative and fundraising costs are absorbed by United Way of Greater St. Louis, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and more than 60 area social service agencies.
When does it end?

The program officially kicks off this year in November, with publication in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. However, donations can continue through the end of March 2020.

Can I do this as part of a group?

Yes. The more the merrier!

Donations may be collected by one person and sent in via mail to:

100 Neediest Cases
P.O. Box 955925
St. Louis, MO 63195-5925

Or, sign up as a 100 Neediest Cases fundraiser and share with friends and family via email or social media. Share on social? Don’t let us miss it! Tag 100 Neediest Cases at @100NeediestCases, United Way of Greater St. Louis at @UnitedWaySTL, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at @stltoday (Instagram and Twitter) and @STLPD (Facebook).

 

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.