100 Neediest: FAQs - United Way of Greater St. Louis

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the cases come from?

More than 60 social service agencies, working through the United Way, identify thousands of needy families. Volunteers then select 100 cases to be profiled in the newspaper. The profiles help raise awareness and encourage donations for the thousands of other needy families. We make an effort to assist every case in some way.

Can I adopt a family?

Yes, see here for more information on adopting a specific case.

Family and individual case adoptions close after Christmas for the 2016 holiday season; however, monetary donations can still be made to support 100 Neediest Cases. Please visit our donation page to help, today.

Do I have to adopt a case or can I donate directly to the 100 Neediest Cases program?

You can make a donation of any amount to the 100 Neediest Cases program to benefit the thousands of families that receive assistance during the holidays.  Your donation helps to ensure all families in need submitted to the program receive some monetary donation. Please visit our donation page to make a donation.

Can I donate furniture, clothes or household goods?

Yes. Once a case is identified, we suggest contacting the client’s agency contact to determine what items would be most beneficial to the family.

Can I donate gift cards?

Gift cards are not encouraged, but will be accepted if the gift cards are designated for a specific case.  Please specify the case number to receive the gift card(s).

Who runs 100 Neediest Cases?

The 100 Neediest Cases tradition began in the 1900s when the Christmas festival provided dinner and toys for those in need. Today, United Way of Greater St. Louis and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch continue the tradition of giving local area families a brighter holiday. Volunteers are also an integral part of the 100 Neediest Cases Program’s success offering support to assist donors in their request for adoptions, input donations, answer phones, review thousands of stories.

How much of my gift goes to the actual cases?

You can feel confident that your gift is making a difference, because every dollar raised for the 100 Neediest Cases program goes to help people. All administrative and fundraising costs are absorbed by United Way of Greater St. Louis, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and more than 70 area social service agencies.

When does it end?

The program officially kicks-off this year on November 13, 2016 with publication in the Post Dispatch.  However, donations can continue through the end of March 2017.

Can I do this as part of a group?

Yes. The more the merrier. The best way is to have one person collect and mail all of the donations at once.

Donations may be made online or mailed to:

100 Neediest Cases
P.O. Box 955925
St. Louis, MO 63195-5925