Giving Fund: Local families still in need
Though the holidays are over, various local residents could still use their neighbors’ generosity to help them get through the winter.
For the 10th consecutive year, the Connecticut Post partnered with United Way, a nonprofit organization focused on charitable fundraising and support, to provide stories of people in the community who need financial help to help them get through the holidays and the winter months.
Donations are made to The Giving Fund, a philanthropic partnership between United Way, LifeBridge of Bridgeport and the Connecticut Post. Coupons to mail-in donations were provided in print weekly. Online donations can be made at https://bit.ly/2UWVaFx.
As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, 127 Connecticut Post readers donated $23,799 to the cases shared from Thanksgiving 2018 through Jan. 3. The needs were fully met for the following cases: 001, 010, 017, 019, 021, 024, 027, 030, 034, 037, 043, 045, 051, 055 and 060.
All cases for this season can be found at www.ctpost.com/ givingfund. Names have been changed to protect the privacy of those asking for help.
Over the seven weeks, a total of $29,220 was asked for in the Connecticut Post cases. With the amount donated, roughly 91 percent of the total ask has been met thus far. About $5,500 could fulfill the needs asked for this season.
The following cases are from week two and were initially published in the paper on Nov. 29, 2018.
James — Case 011
James needs to repair his car and put food on the table. The devoted father of three young children works three jobs. After his car’s radiator broke, he lost two of those jobs and is struggling to support his family as he gets back on track. A gift of $500 would help him manage his bills and get his car fixed.
Elsa — Case 012
Elsa needs to get through the winter. The single mother of three has been battling various medical conditions, including a recent stroke and a recent heart attack. She came to Bridgeport after Hurricane Maria destroyed her family’s home in Puerto Rico. A gift of $500 would help Elsa get through the winter and pay off some bills.
Paul — Case 013
Paul needs diapers and formula for his children. He is the sole provider for his wife and three kids, pending the arrival of his wife’s green card. Once her card arrives, she can apply for jobs and help with the bills. A gift of $500 would help Paul afford diapers and formula this winter.
Silvia — Case 014
Silvia needs baby supplies. She recently gave birth to her baby girl and though she works full-time as a teacher, she was ineligible for maternity leave through her employer. She had to take time off work without pay, leaving her husband to handle the bills. A gift of $400 would help Silvia afford basic necessities for their baby until she returns to work.
Lawrence — Case 015
Lawrence needs a new bed and a bed frame. The 14-year-old Bridgeport resident’s mother threw away his bed after a bed bug infestation in their home. His mom is unable to afford a new bed for him. A gift of $500 would help Lawrence afford a new bed and bed frame.
Marshall — Case 016
Marshall needs to keep his family warm. The single father of three children has only be able to find odd jobs throughout the winter since his work is seasonal. He is worried about being able to afford his heating bills through the winter. A gift of $500 would help keep Marshall and his kids warm this winter.
Anna — Case 018
Anna needs to cover the cost of electricity and heat. She’s a single woman in her early 20s who recently moved into her own apartment after saving up money while working two jobs. She’s struggling to transition into living alone, especially during the winter when electricity and heating costs are high. A gift of $250 would help her get through the winter.
Mirna — Case 020
Mirna needs to get through the winter. The full-time student at Southern Connecticut State University works part-time to help pay for some of her school expenses and to car for her family. The single mom wants to be sure her children are cared for. A gift of $300 would help cover some bills this winter.