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Donors can offer support ‘right in their backyards’ in this time of need

Donors can offer support ‘right in their backyards’ in this time of need
Written by Publishing Team

At the end of the vacation, many families in our community are still struggling to make ends meet. And it’s not too late to help.

The Giving Fund, now in its 38th year, offers readers the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of locals.

Donations made to The Giving Fund directly benefit two local nonprofits, the Greenwich-based Family Centers and Darien-based Person-to-People Centers, both of which help struggling families in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien and across. Lower Fairfield County.

On Sundays and Thursdays during the winter season, The Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time and The Darien Times publish the stories of area residents in need.

In our stories today, a recently widowed woman needs to buy winter clothes for her children; a single man who paid for his sister’s apartment to keep a roof over his children’s heads now needs help with his own rent; and the mother of a young baby needs help paying for driving lessons because she doesn’t feel safe taking the bus to her night shift.

A small donation to cover these daily needs would go a long way in improving their lives.

“Community members can give here in their backyard to help those in need and help them live the lives they deserve,” said William Brucker, Director of Family Center Advancement. “It’s an important way to support the community. “

The stories

Each case in the donation fund includes an estimated amount to help an individual or family meet daily challenges. The names in the stories have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

Case # 460: Ruth is a grandmother who works with the care of one of her grandchildren. She also provides emotional financial and social support to her five other grandchildren. A gift of $ 400 would support her as she faces additional financial costs with utilities and groceries.

Case # 461: Jennifer is the mother of two and recently widowed, which leaves her the sole provider of her family. A $ 400 donation would support Jennifer as she works to ensure her children have the necessities, including clothes and groceries.

Case # 462: Nicole and Joseph are working parents with three young children who recently lost their home. As they search for a new place to live, a donation of $ 500 would provide Nicole and Joseph with the funds to relocate as well as some utilities and groceries as they make this transition with their family.

Case n ° 463: José was the only source of income for his family, but unfortunately he recently lost his job. Now he and his wife, Vivian, are barely managing as they try to support their three children. A donation of $ 400 would allow them to pay for their utilities and their shopping.

Case n ° 464: Shane is a husband and father of two young children. He is currently the only member of his family who can work. Recently they have had transportation problems. A donation of $ 350 would help Shane pay for some of his car repairs and allow him to get to work and his family to go to school safely.

Case n ° 465: Miriam is a single mother with a young child who is looking for work to support her small family. A gift of $ 400 would cover the cost of warm clothes and groceries this winter while she searches for a job.

Case n ° 466: Joan and Thomas have two young children under the age of 5 and are also looking after Joan’s elderly mother. Thomas is the only person in the family who works because Joan takes care of the children and her mother. A donation of $ 400 would help this family buy groceries this winter.

Case n ° 467: Lisa recently had her second baby after a high-risk pregnancy that kept her from working for the past two months. Her family is facing serious financial difficulties. A contribution of $ 600 would go a long way to helping them pay for some of their needs.

Case n ° 468: Mercy is a single mother of a 14 month old baby who was recently diagnosed with developmental delay. She works from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and takes public transport because she does not drive. Now Mercy will have to take her baby to therapy. Her dream is to learn to drive, but she needs financial support to apply for a driver’s license and take driving lessons. A $ 500 contribution would help Mercy reach her goal.

Case n ° 469: Rita is a teenage single mother of a 6 month old baby who goes to school in the morning and takes care of her baby in the afternoon. Rita receives some support from the baby’s father, but she has other expenses to cover. Rita has to appear in immigration court and needs a lawyer but doesn’t have the money for it. A contribution of $ 400 would help this young mother with her expenses.

Case # 470: Luceli, single mother of five, works part-time as a caregiver. She cannot work full time because the father of the children has moved away and she has no help getting her children to school in the morning or getting off the bus safely after school. Luceli has no extra money to buy gifts for her children or cook a meal for the holidays. A gift of $ 500 would help Luceli pay for her Christmas this year.

Case study n ° 471: Yesica, who is expecting her first child, is struggling with pregnancy complications that have sent her to hospital. She also recently tested positive for COVID-19. Yesica’s husband was quarantined, which reduced his working hours at a restaurant. They feel financially overwhelmed as they prepare for the arrival of their first child. A gift of $ 500 would relieve the stress of paying bills and shopping.

Case # 472: Maria recently gave birth to her second baby. Due to her maternity leave, she was unable to work or contribute to her family’s income. Her husband works day and night, but he cannot afford basic necessities such as winter clothes and formula for the new baby. A $ 500 donation would allow Maria to provide clothes and food for her family for two months.

Case n ° 473: Tricia is solely responsible for the financial and emotional support of her two children and her 65-year-old mother, who has become too ill to help with childcare while Tricia works. As a result, Tricia has reduced her hours – and her salary is also considerably smaller. A gift of $ 500 would benefit Tricia, who has so little to meet her basic needs.

Case n ° 474: Aiden’s mother is struggling this year after her father left and is unable to give much support to Aiden and his mother. Aiden’s mother works hard as a nurse’s aide, but especially struggles this time of year giving Aiden gifts for Christmas. A gift of $ 500 would help Aiden have a wonderful Christmas and help her mom cover her expenses.

Case n ° 475: Caterine, a widow, is a single mother of a 9-year-old child with health problems. Although she is working, her hours were drastically reduced after the death of a patient she was caring for. Now she is unable to pay some of her bills. A donation of $ 400 would help pay for rent, utilities and transportation needs.

Case n ° 476: Randel is the mother of three children, two of whom have special needs. Her husband works and she stays home to take care of the family and take her daughter to several dates. Their daughter was admitted to an inpatient hospital for a few weeks, costing Randel and his family dearly. A gift of $ 500 would help them catch up on bills and provide a great vacation for their children.

Case n ° 477: A 13-year-old boy and his family were recently evicted from their home. The family fell into debt after closing their food truck due to the COVID-19 pandemic and haven’t been able to celebrate Christmas for two years. The boy and his family could use a $ 300 gift to pay for rent and utilities while they work to get their business back on track.

Case n ° 478: The only source of income for Rashard, 38, is his monthly disability check. He has used his last two checks to help his sister who, along with her three children, one of whom has pneumonia, is at risk of being evicted from her apartment. As a result, Rashard worries about his own life situation. A gift of $ 500 would help Rashard pay the rent he owes.

Case n ° 479: Alice, mother of a 2 year old boy, is going through a difficult period in her marriage. She had had consultations with a therapist, but stopped going. Even though she paid a reduced fee, she said she didn’t have the money and the bills were piling up. Alice does not work and does not have medical insurance. She is financially dependent on her son’s father. A contribution of $ 400 would help this mother pay her bills and continue her therapy.

All Giving Fund cases will be listed online. To donate online, visit

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