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The Giving Fund to benefit families fighting to make do

December 19, 2018

A cancer patient, a couple at risk of losing their home and a mother who cares for her teenage daughter and elderly grandmother are among the Danbury area community members in need of a helping hand this holiday season.

The Giving Fund, a partnership between The News-Times and United Way of Western Connecticut, gives donors the opportunity to have an immediate impact on families and neighbors by providing resources to help resolve urgent needs.

United Way administers the fund free of charge, so 100 percent of donations go directly to those who need it. Donations are collected for each case until it is fully funded. Since the partnership started, more than $500,000 has been raised for families in need.

Each story illustrates a real need and every dollar goes directly to members of the community.

To support one of these or another community member this year, choose the corresponding case number at The Giving Fund donation page. Checks can also be mailed to The Giving Fund, P.O. Box 1001, Danbury, CT 06813.

Julieta and George have been married for 10 years and are the parents of two young children. Julieta, 39, recently suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed on the right side. George continues to work while caring for his wife and children. The family had already struggled with a tight budget and limited savings, but now are forced to decide between buying groceries or paying for gas for their only car.

A gift of $800 will help relieve some of the stress from this family. To contribute, select case 125.

Carla raises her teenage daughter and cares for her elderly grandmother. Carla works hard cleaning homes during the day and offices in the evening to ensure her middle school aged daughter has everything she needs and can achieve her dream of going to college. But Carla had a terrible car accident in the spring that caused her bad back pain.

A gift of $400 will help Carla to pay for both food and gas. To contribute, select case 126.

Manuel, 69, cares for his wife, who suffers from serious medical conditions due to health complications. They live in a home they purchased years ago through the Section-8 housing program. But because they now rely solely on Manuel’s social security benefits, the couple is facing financial difficulties and may be in jeopardy of losing their home. Despite this, Manuel still volunteers at a local nonprofit, always offering his assistance with any tasks that are available, including the agency’s twice weekly bread program.

A gift of $500 will help this selfless couple catch up on utility bills. To contribute, select case 127.

Casey was always conscientious about her job and seldom took time off work until she was diagnosed with cancer, forcing to her to take a leave. Since Casey has a rare form of cancer, she must travel to New York City one-to-two days a week for treatment. Casey’s short-term disability will end in a few months, but she most likely will be out of work longer than that. Because her current income is lower than her regular paychecks, she has fallen behind in her bills.

A gift of $400 will help this young woman catch up on her car payments until she is well enough to return to work. To contribute, select case 128.

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