Neediest Cases Make a Donation
Pecan or pumpkin?
Which pie will your family serve today? Which do you prefer? Perhaps you'll be lucky enough to have both.
In this day of giving thanks for the bounty most of us enjoy, let's take a moment to think about an elderly West Virginia woman who spent her working years, well beyond traditional retirement age, being a caregiver for seniors.
She now lives alone on a modest income that pays her basic needs. It allows for few extra comforts. In these years when she deserves to relax, she has a sofa so worn out that it is stacked on magazines. The cushions have lost their padding.
Her caseworker noticed the condition of the sofa and chair during a visit and learned the furniture is more than 25 years old. It broke her heart.
And so the caseworker has turned to you, the Daily Mail readers, to help through our annual Neediest Cases Appeal.
She is asking you to consider making a donation toward the purchase of furniture for this woman. It is among the nearly 50 cases her agency has submitted to the appeal this year.
In another county, a young mother is raising her daughter alone on less than $1,200 a month from working. She is underweight because of the condition of her teeth, all of which have now been removed.
"She hates being without teeth at 24, but she can't afford dentures," her caseworker said. The woman paid a little at a time to have her teeth removed. But with a growing child, she just can't see her way to paying for dentures she desperately needs to improve her diet, her health -- and most certainly, her self-esteem.
Her caseworker has asked you, the Daily Mail readers, to help.
These two cases are among nearly 400 submitted this year by 12 social service agencies, many of them county arms of the state Department of Health and Human Resources, that work with the Daily Mail each year.
The mission of the Neediest Cases Appeal remains as strong as it was when it launched in 1961: to help fill needs not met by existing social service agencies.
There is no public service that provides furnishings.
When it comes to dental care, even if the young mother had Medicaid, it pays for extractions but not dentures.
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