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This year the Middlesex County Board of Social Services has identified six specific individuals or families that we will try to help over the holiday season.  These people are all managing with very little and their requests are for the most basic of needs.

ML      is a 59 year old woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer several years ago.  She has just been told that the cancer has returned and has spread to other parts of her body.  She has had a heart attack and has suffered two strokes, leaving her with extreme weakness on her right side.  She has trouble walking and has to use a walker and a wheelchair.  Her son suffers from cerebral palsy.  Her daughter has become the sole caretaker for both the mother and brother.  Both son and mother are in dire need of hospital beds and on their very limited income, they cannot afford to either rent or buy the beds.  Any help to purchase these necessary items would be greatly appreciated.

AP    is a 92 year old mother, who with her adult daughter, try to cobble together enough income to survive.  The mother who, thankfully, is alert, can be left alone when her daughter, who has a medical condition, works part-time.  The family income consists of the mother’s minimal social security benefit and the daughter’s part-time income.  It doesn’t go very far in providing for their on-going expenses, let alone any emergencies.  Any assistance would be welcomed.

EW       is a 38 year old widower who was left to care for his two young children after his young wife’s sudden death.  She did not work outside the home and carried no life insurance.  Although the father, as the sole bread winner, continues to work, he is now faced with childcare expenses and other costs related to the funeral.  He is trying to pick up the pieces of his life as he faces the future.  Anything that would help to stabilize his financial situation would be greatly appreciated, as he tries to rebuild his life.

LL     is a divorced mother of three who recently exhausted her unemployment benefits and her home is facing foreclosure.  She is not receiving child support because her ex-husband is also unemployed.  She worries about providing for her three children and hopes to keep them in their family home.  Her family would welcome any assistance to help during the holidays.

DS    is a domestic violence victim with two children under the age of 8, who works part-time to provide for her family as best she can.  The abuser is currently incarcerated.  She and the children attend counseling to help them cope with their situation.  Any help with food, clothing and other necessities would be greatly appreciated.

RV    is a disabled father of three has applied for social security disability.  His family struggles to survive on his wife’s part-time job.  The family has a special needs child who requires additional resources which on their income, they cannot afford.  Their only request from us is something for the children so they can experience some sense of holiday cheer.

These families are asking for the most basic things which we in our lives take for granted.  They have wonderful attitudes and are proud people.  They are trying to manage their lives with self-sufficiency and independence but their road in life has been a difficult one. We hope that you will again this year join us in our efforts and participate in this drive by making a financial donation.  We sincerely appreciate your partnership with us in this worthwhile program.

Financial donations should received at the bar association office by Friday, December 16th, payable to the Middlesex County Bar Foundation and referencing the 2015 Hope For The Holidays Fund Drive, and can be either brought or sent to:

 Jonathan Cowles, Executive Director
Middlesex County Bar Foundation
87 Bayard Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
(732) 828-3433 ext. 102

Please consider participating in this program by making a financial donation to our campaign.

All monies collected will be delivered to the Middlesex County Board of Social Services on December 21st.

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