Neediest Cases appeal raises nearly $80,000 for Chattanooga area residents in 2020

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Rhea County United Way Executive Director Christine Ralph, shown in the Dayton office, has helped to facilitate aid from the Chattanooga Times Free Press's Neediest Cases campaign.

The annual appeal for the Times Free Press Neediest Cases Fund had one of its most successful years ever in 2020, with donations near $80,000 - nearly doubling a typical campaign year.

"It seems that despite the fact that we're in a pandemic, people are really giving more than normal, and I think it's because they understand that the need is great," said Carmen Hutson, director of stability and community programming for United Way of Greater Chattanooga. "I think what people want to know is that their money is going to somebody that is hardworking, and due to no fault of their own are struggling, and this money is to help them to maintain stability."

Administered by the United Way of Greater Chattanooga, the Neediest Cases Fund provides one-time assistance throughout the year to Chattanooga-area residents in need who are faced with unforeseen circumstances.