When Beverly Stewart read about a young man with such great determination that he lost more than 180 pounds and was superfocused on his education, she couldn't get it off her mind.
As Volkswagen Group of America planned a holiday concert last year, officials knew that a community giving opportunity would be part of the event and the Neediest Cases Fund was chosen to be the recipient.
For the second year in a row, an anonymous donor matched the Neediest Cases funds raised in 2010, bringing the total to $148,903 -- the most ever raised.
Jim Ramsey went back to school when he was 30, hoping to find his calling and financial stability.
Angela Bonds got tired of giving up, of thinking the world was against her.
Ramon Morales left Cuba for a better future, not only financially, but one in which his family could live freely and express themselves without fear.
Andrea Coleman started working when she was just 12 years old, cleaning a neighbor's home for a $1 a day plus a quarter for every night she washed the dishes.
Connie Millsap wants to be a nurse to help people, she says with no hesitation.
Leesa Bradley woke up one morning several years ago sobbing from the excruciating pain in the center of her back. "Mom, you have to come get me and take me to the hospital," she told her mother over the phone.
Mary Bennett has been sewing since she was a little girl. On and off she was a sewing machine operator at different local factories for 35 years until the last plant shut down. At 56, she found herself without a job and without many prospects of finding one.
Sharon Collins simply couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. After fleeing her violent stepfather at age 17, she had been homeless on and off for 25 years.
Gussie West is a fun-loving woman who tries to help everyone she can, those who know her say.
When James Miller was just 16, his doctor told him she didn't know how much longer he would live if he kept his current lifestyle.
Totals are given by year, total given, number of donors and average donation.
After Jameelah Townsend lost her job as a customer service representative and her husband, Eddie, stopped getting calls to clean carpets or do other odd jobs, the couple decided it was time they looked at their options.