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100 Neediest Cases: An Illustration Of Need In Our Community

The 100 Neediest Cases program has been helping thousands of families and individuals throughout the St. Louis region during the holidays. Each year, people across our community adopt individuals and families in need, purchasing essential items and gifts to make their holidays brighter. United Way of Greater St. Louis and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch first partnered more than 5 decades ago, with the Post-Dispatch highlighting 100 of the cases in the paper annually. 

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Courtesy of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Last year, the community’s annual donations reached $1.6 million, helping more than 11,000 people, showcasing the unwavering commitment of St. Louisans to help our neighbors. Neighbors like single father Mr. J, who is raising his 7-year-old daughter with epilepsy. Currently unemployed and the sole caregiver for his daughter, Mr. J needs assistance with school supplies, uniforms, food, clothing, and medication. Adopting a family like Mr. J’s can profoundly impact and provide relief during challenging times.  

“The need is greater than ever,” emphasizes Becky White, direct services program manager with United Way of Greater St. Louis. “This year, the program will help over 13,500 individuals. Your support gives our neighbors a glimmer of hope and a reason to smile this season.” 

How to help this holiday season: 

  • Adopt a family: Sign up today to make a lasting impact on a neighbor in need. 
  • Donate: Every dollar raised for the 100 Neediest Cases program goes directly to helping families throughout the St. Louis region. 
  • Fundraise: Encourage family and friends to contribute to an adopted family through the fundraising platform.  

The 100 Neediest Cases program works with 58 local service agencies to identify families that need additional help. Every dollar raised goes directly to help people. United Way of Greater St. Louis, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and 58 area social service agencies absorb all administrative and fundraising costs. Every case submitted to United Way receives a gift, and stories are featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. For more information, visit

Rodney Humphries
Rodney Humphries

Rodney Humphries is the Communications Specialist for United Way of Greater St. Louis and a proud graduate of Webster University where he developed his passion for writing. In college, he combined his love for writing and sports, serving as the primary sports writer for his school newspaper while also developing his own sports blog. After graduating, he continued his love for writing as he served as a freelance writer for various publications. Rodney continues to be a fan of Webster athletics, you will often see him sitting courtside at a lot of their basketball games.