Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

100 NEEDIEST CASES: HELPING THOUSANDS; CASES 37-39: War Still Takes a Toll on Family

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

100 NEEDIEST CASES: HELPING THOUSANDS; CASES 37-39: War Still Takes a Toll on Family

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CASE 37

When she fled her home country, HC left much of her family, including her parents, in the clutches of war. Now in St. Louis, the 28-year-old mother is working to learn English and a new culture. She recently found a job through a temp agency. But now she faces the challenge of finding affordable child care that's reliable and decent for her three daughters, who range in age from 1 to 9. Her girls could use winter clothes, beds and educational toys. HC is asking for help in making the holidays better for them.

CASE 38

In the St. Louis medical examiner's morgue, Mrs. Y identified the body of her 30-year-old daughter after she was found shot in the back of the head this past September. Her daughter left behind five children, ages 2, 3, 9, 13 and 15. Mrs. Y is caring for them on a limited budget of $1,100 that must cover $600 in rent plus the cost of utilities and other expenses. …

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