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Giving Fund: Lend a hand to those in need this holiday

December 22, 2018

Every Thursday and Sunday through the end of the year, the Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time are publishing short stories about local families and people in need of a helping hand.

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

One of the people who needs help is Quinn, a middle school student whose mother died unexpectedly. She and her young siblings are bouncing from friend to friend, and a monetary gift could help these children find some stability during the holidays.

(The names of those included have been changed to protect their privacy.)

To support one of these or another community member this year, chose the corresponding case number at The Giving Fund donation page.

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

Here are their stories:

Case #380

Linda is a Stamford native who has been an active resident and e-board member of her building’s tenant association. When she is not caring for her neighbors or sitting with lonely residents in the building, Linda is heading out to take care of her own extended family. Recently, Linda had some unexpected medical expenses and will need to have surgery on both of her knees. After using her health insurance, Linda will still pay out of pocket for many of the medical bills associated with the surgeries. A gift of $500 would allow Linda to schedule her surgery and get back to being an active member in the community.

To contribute, click here and select case #380.

Case #381

Carol just graduated from high school and was starting off the year at college. She worked hard to get herself through high school, working a steady part-time job, playing sports, and keeping her grades up. Family issues with illnesses and loss made her challenges even greater, but she had managed to overcome them — until her mother died unexpectedly this month. Carol’s world has turned upside down. College will have to wait. Carol is back at home taking care of her dad. A donation of $800 to help this family meet the costs of bills from the funeral would ease some of their grief.

To contribute, click here and select case #381.

Case #382

Maribel arrived to the United States from Dominican Republic about a year ago so that she could be with her children. She has been living with her son and his family. Besides HIV, which she has been managing well with medications and Stamford Cares support, she recently was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy. For her to continue living in the United States, she has to submit an Immigrant Visa Packet, which carries a fee of $220. Maribel has been aggressively seeking employment without any luck. If she does not pay this fee, she will lose her immigration status as well as her ability to remain in this country and receive the medical care she needs. With your support, Maribel could enjoy the holidays with her family without worrying about her immigration status.

To contribute, click here and select case #382.

Case #383

Gary is a father of two who works two jobs just to keep the lights on. Due to medical issues, Gary’s wife cannot work and his salary is his family’s only source of income. Two months ago, he suffered an attack of gout, which left him out of work. Without his salary, he has fallen behind on his rent, and is now facing eviction. A gift of $800 would keep the family afloat while Gary recovers.

To contribute, click here and select case #383.

Case #384

Quinn is a middle school student in Stamford. Her mother died unexpectedly, leaving the life Quinn knew in shambles. Due to other circumstances, Quinn’s father is unable to care for her. Since her mother’s death, Quinn and her young siblings have bounced from friend’s house to friend’s house. A gift of $800 would go a long way toward providing stability for Quinn and her siblings during this tumultuous time.

To contribute, click here and select case #384.

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