In an Emergency, the Neediest Cases Fund Provides Relief

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The following is an excerpt from the November 6th issue of The New York Times:neediest.190

Published: November 6, 2009

The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund begins its 2009-2010 campaign today. The tradition of helping those who are struggling to provide for themselves and their families began 98 years ago, after Adolph S. Ochs, then the publisher of The New York Times, encountered a shabbily dressed man who was out of work and down on his luck. Their exchange inspired Mr. Ochs to begin printing profiles about the city's worst-off citizens in The New York Times. Since then, readers have responded to the articles printed every holiday season by sending in contributions by mail and, more recently, online at All told, the Fund has raised over $244 million. Below, the seven agencies supported by the Neediest Cases Fund describe how readers' donations bring stability to people's lives in times of crisis.

Children's Aid Society

A child walks to school without a coat in winter and does not want to worry his jobless mother about it. A widowed father chooses to use his reduced wages to put food on the family table, but doesn't know where to turn when he receives a utility shut-off notice. These are family situations that come to The Children's Aid Society on a daily basis.

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To learn how you can make a difference, please link over to The New York Times Needist Cases Fund or contact:

The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund
230 West 41st Street Suite 1300
New York, NY 10036
(800) 381-0075