Imagine how good it would feel to give life-saving medication, a warm coat, food staples or even a toy to a child. These are just some of the important things your contribution can provide to someone in need during the holiday season. When you give, it feels good.

Each year, thousands of families and individuals in need receive help from the 100 Neediest Cases program. The cases come as referrals from more than 70 local nonprofits. We make an effort to assist every case in some way.

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.

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The Cases

The 100 Neediest Cases tradition began in the 1900s when the Christmas festival provided dinner and toys for the poor. Today, United Way of Greater St. Louis and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, with the help of social service agencies, high school students and thousands of generous readers, proudly carry on the tradition.

Throughout the holiday season, the Post-Dispatch publishes 100 cases documenting personal stories of area residents and their struggles with poverty.

Read the 2013 cases on

100 Neediest Cases Artwork

Each year, 100 Neediest Cases invites local artists at the high school and college level to submit a piece representing our mission.

From hundreds of entries, judges chose 40 pieces of artwork that stood out. Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted art.

See the 2013 winning artwork