Racing Toward a Better Future

Nashali, 11, is the oldest and loves to dance. Analie, who is 7 and a big fan of the movie “Frozen,” has a learning disability that she has been working to overcome with speech and occupational therapy. Six-year-old Michael was found to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.) three years ago. And then there is 1-year-old Xavier, who Ms. Ricardo said is “just a happy kid and always laughing.” The older children also participate in a local runners’ club, which allows them to channel their energy into something productive.

The family’s living situation changed last year after Xavier was born. Ms. Ricardo was able to find an affordable apartment in the Bronx, but it lacked proper furniture. The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York, which is one of the organizations supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, used $1,198 in Neediest Cases funds to buy a bunk bed and a dining set.

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