You can make a dif­fer­ence dur­ing the hol­i­day season

Greenwich Time (Sunday) - - NEWS - STAFF RE­PORTS To con­trib­ute, visit http://bit.ly/2jU5O1H and se­lect from case num­bers above.

Ev­ery Thurs­day and Sun­day through the end of the year, the Stam­ford Ad­vo­cate and Green­wich Time will pub­lish short sto­ries about lo­cal fam­i­lies and peo­ple in need of a help­ing hand. The names of those in­cluded have been changed to pro­tect their pri­vacy.

Each case will in­clude an es­ti­mated dol­lar amount that would help them face ev­ery­day chal­lenges like rent pay­ments, child care costs and trans­porta­tion. Ev­ery dol­lar do­nated to the Giv­ing Fund goes di­rectly to the clients in need.

The Stam­ford Ad­vo­cate and Green­wich Time spon­sors The Giv­ing Fund in part­ner­ship with Fam­ily Cen­ters and Per­son-toPer­son.

Case #330

Saraih was very ex­cited when she found out she was preg­nant with her first child. She con­tin­ued work­ing un­til her doc­tor said she needed to be reg­u­larly mon­i­tored for a pos­si­ble ab­nor­mal­ity with her preg­nancy. Un­for­tu­nately, she lost the baby, was then out of a job, and con­se­quently fell be­hind on her rent. A grant of $500 would al­low her to stay in her apart­ment, while she copes with her loss and takes time to heal and move for­ward.

Case #331

An­thony is 69 years old and has been di­ag­nosed with a chronic men­tal ill­ness. He strug­gles each month to live on a very low in­come from So­cial Se­cu­rity ben­e­fits. His 12year-old car is badly in need of re­pairs, but he can­not af­ford to have them done. A gift of $798 would cover the cost of four new tires and other needed re­pairs on his car and keep him con­nected to the out­side world.

Case #332

Jerome and Donna have chronic men­tal dis­abil­i­ties and are strug­gling to live on low fixed in­comes. Each month, they of­ten choose which bills they will pay in full and which bills they can only par­tially pay. They are cur­rently backed up in pay­ing the rent. A gift of $775 would help them be­come cur­rent with their rent and give them con­sid­er­able peace of mind for the holi­days.

Case #333

De­siree, who works af­ter-school in a used cloth­ing store, helps out her fam­ily by pay­ing the tele­phone, ca­ble and util­ity bills. Her fa­ther is el­derly and re­tired, and her mother works as a home health aide. De­siree is stretched thin by all of her re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. A gift of $500 to pay the fam­ily’s util­ity bills through­out the win­ter would be an amaz­ing hol­i­day present.

Case #334

Ines was sent to live with her grand­mother a year ago, leav­ing four sib­lings and her par­ents in a ru­ral town, to make a bet­ter life for her­self and get a good ed­u­ca­tion. Her grand­mother is still work­ing, and Ines, too, has a job af­ter school to save for col­lege next year. A gift of $500 to help put food on the ta­ble and pay the rent would be a bless­ing in this hol­i­day season.

Case #335

The youngest of sev­eral sib­lings, Se­har lives with her el­derly par­ents, who live pay­check to pay­check. Though her par­ents are ready to re­tire, there is no chance of that, be­cause Se­har is still in high school and hopes to go to col­lege next year. She has taken on two jobs af­ter school but money is still tight. A gift of $500 for food and util­i­ties over the win­ter would be an in­cred­i­ble as­set for this hard­work­ing fam­ily.

Case #336

Bernard and his four sib­lings, mother and grand­mother live in a small home; they fled vi­o­lence in Haiti and are try­ing to find safety and se­cu­rity in Stam­ford. Bernard’s lit­tle sis­ter was stricken with can­cer and most of the fam­ily’s re­sources have gone to­ward her med­i­cal care. A gift of $800 would help to cover some of the cost-of-liv­ing ex­penses this frag­ile fam­ily faces.

Case #337

Fam­ily vi­o­lence left Ma­rina, her younger brother and mother in a precarious fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion. Through months of le­gal and po­lice in­volve­ment, the lit­tle fam­ily is fi­nally feel­ing safe — but their finances are drained. A gift of $500 would help Ma­rina and her fam­ily have food over the win­ter to help them move on in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion.

Case #338

Kaila’s par­ents were 14 when she was born. Though their re­la­tion­ship ended, their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties did not. Af­ter some tur­bu­lent times, Kaila is now liv­ing with her fa­ther; she is proud of how he has taken his role as par­ent so se­ri­ously. In fact, her fa­ther is a very young man who works two jobs to care for his daugh­ter. A gift of $500 would help pay rent and re­lieve some stress for this ded­i­cated dad.

Case #339

Jayda’s mother won’t let friends come to their apart­ment to visit: there are too many mice, which are a health haz­ard and em­bar­rass­ment. The fam­ily is look­ing at newer apart­ments to rent, ide­ally in time for the holi­days so that rel­a­tives and friends can come to cel­e­brate. A gift of $800 for rent would help this fam­ily find a cleaner, safer home.

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