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Suffering from cancer that has delivered a bleak prognosis, the single mom of an autistic child really wanted only for her daughter to be properly clothed this winter.
Her caseworker noted she could have probably ticked off a long list of needs.
Instead, she asked for a bit of help for her child. The caseworker, knowing her dryer was broken, said that would make her life easier.
And so he turned to the Daily Mail's Neediest Cases Appeal for help. Another caseworker asked the appeal to help a young mother with profound hearing loss. And another sought help to pay for dentures for a 24-year-old client who has had all of her decaying teeth removed.
And as it has since 1961, the Neediest Cases Appeal pledged to help. It's something the Daily Mail does on faith -- because without its readers, the appeal could not succeed.
And true to form, readers already have responded, sending in checks to help.
To date, the appeal has received $74,026 in donations.
Some readers enclosed notes with their checks, saying they wish they could have donated more money.
"The cases are very touching," wrote Joye White. "I enjoy helping those who try to help themselves."
From Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Eve, you read a small sampling of the cases that were submitted this year by caseworkers from 13 social service agencies, many of them county offices of the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
Those cases are the first to be funded, with checks going to the agencies to make sure the needs are fulfilled.
But remaining are more than 300 cases that also were submitted this year.
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