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April 29, 2021

More than $116,000! That’s what you gave this year to make wishes come true.

Our annual holiday fundraising campaign co-sponsored with The Cincinnati Enquirer granted the wishes of eight local families, raising a total of $116,669.

While United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s focus is usually – and rightfully -- on more widespread, systemic change, we occasionally provide direct assistance to local residents. For example, with the pandemic devastating our community, we moved fast with gift cards and turned our 211 helpline into a one-stop resource to quickly help people in dire need. Expect to see more of this type of help.

Wish List is one of our most visible examples of directly helping families and individuals. Since its 1987 inception, we raised more than $4 million to help with medical supplies, furniture, clothing, appliances, technology and more. 

This year’s total was the most raised since 2015. It helped purchase a power lift chair, a customized manual wheelchair, a text-to-speech iPad, a medical bed and much more.

Many of the recipients live with disabilities. Amourah, paralyzed and nonverbal since a 2015 car crash, received the text-to-speech iPad. Her mother downloaded apps so she can listen to music and hear books.

“I put it close to her, so when she moves her hand, she can touch the screen. When she touches the screen, it changes the book or turns the page,” Antyiah Bell said. “She smiles; she laughs…”I’m glad there are people out there who helped with something like that.”

So am I. Thank you, Greater Cincinnati.

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