The deadline is near to make donations to The Giving Fund, which seeks to improve the lives of some of the neediest members of our community.
Since Thanksgiving, The Giving Fund has told the stories of 207 families and individuals in our area who are struggling to meet their most basic needs.
Now in its 38th year, The Giving Fund offers readers the opportunity to make donations and help out others in their community. Donations made to The Giving Fund directly benefit two local nonprofits, Greenwich-based Family Centers and Darien-based Person to Person.
“This is an opportunity for people who want to make a direct impact and help people in the community get back on their feet,” said William Brucker, chief advancement officer at Family Centers.
Many still feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brucker said.
“Some residents have been unable to work because of their own health problems or that of other members of their families. Others have lost their jobs because of closures and cutbacks during the ongoing pandemic,” he said.
Those financial gaps can make it hard to cover rent, utilities and grocery bills — which are everyday needs, Brucker said.
The Giving Fund has received about $80,000 in donations so far during this fundraising drive, Brucker said. But more donations are needed to support all of the 207 families who are participating, he said.
The Giving Fund will accept donations through the end of the month.
On Sundays and Thursdays since Thanksgiving, The Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time and The Darien Times have been printing the stories of some of these families and individuals.
Each case includes an estimated dollar amount to help an individual or family tackle everyday challenges. Here are some cases that have been previously published but may still need funding. The names in the stories have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals.
Case #420: For Ms. Newton, unexpected medical expenses, medications, hospital visits and increased transportation costs have created a tremendous financial hardship for her. A grant of $1,000 would allow Ms. Newton, who lives on a fixed income, to remain in her home while she gets the care that she needs.
Case #421: Jesse, an 18-year-old high school senior, lives in a one-bedroom …….