Whitfield Announces Continued Support of 100 Neediest Cases
Each year Whitfield School participates in the 100 Neediest Cases program in partnership with the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Over 50 local social service agencies identify thousands of families and individuals in need, and volunteers then select 100 cases to be profiled in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. These profiles raise awareness of all those in need in our community.
This year Whitfield will "adopt" 38 of the 100 profiled cases. Each advisory will receive information on the family that they will support this holiday season on November 14. Also on November 14 a representative from 100 Neediest Cases will speak to all students during assembly about the importance of this effort and the impact it has on families in need. Donations (not to exceed $25.00 per student) are due to school on December 4, and gifts will be wrapped during advisory on December 6 and 7. Student Council co-sponsors Jim Daniels and Mary Kate File will deliver the gifts on December 12.
We thank all of our Whitfield families, in advance, for supporting this important community effort.
About 100 Neediest Cases Campaign:
For generations, the 100 Neediest Cases campaign has helped thousands of families and individuals during the holidays throughout the St. Louis region. The 100 Neediest Cases tradition began in the 1920s when the Christmas festival provided dinner and toys for those in need. United Way of Greater St. Louis and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have partnered for more than five decades, renaming the campaign 100 Neediest Cases in 1954. Each year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch features 100 cases in the paper. Last year, annual donations to the campaign reached $1.3 million, up from $400 in 1922.