Neediest Cases Make a Donation
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Today, two hard-working parents from rural West Virginia are grateful for a gift brought to them by generous Daily Mail readers.
It wasn't something they put under the tree for their two children, and it wasn't something most of us would put on our Christmas list.
But the building supplies to winterize their home were appreciated more than any trinket or bauble.
Another couple was able to provide a bed for one child and clothing for both of their children, thanks to donations to the Neediest Cases Appeal.
A 19-year-old woman raising four younger siblings got help in setting up her household. An elderly woman got some much-needed nutritional supplement. A mom is on her way to getting new dentures that will make her employable, and a woman who took in her ex-husband's newborn grandchild, no questions asked, got some much-needed baby items.
As it has since 1961, the Daily Mail's Neediest Cases Appeal endeavors to provide items to needy West Virginians that aren't readily available through other social service programs.
The list includes dental and medical help, home furnishings, clothing, home repairs and education expenses. Requests come from approved social service agencies, many of them Department of Health and Human Resources offices, in 14 counties.
Caseworkers ask us to help fill needs they cannot, and each year, the Daily Mail receives hundreds of requests.
We select a representative sampling to run each day from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, and we commit to funding those cases in full.
Caseworkers, who often tell us it is heartbreaking to see the many ways their clients struggle with day-to-day needs, say this is one time of the year they can say "yes" rather than "I'm sorry" to certain needs.
One caseworker, told that her case of a foster family caring for badly neglected children had been selected for publication, wept with gratitude.
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