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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Couple can’t afford to lose car

By Rick Plumlee
The Wichita Eagle

Share the Season is an annual campaign that offers one-time aid to people affected by unforeseen hardships. The people are not identified to protect their privacy.

A year ago, her 49-year-old husband was laid off. He’s still looking for work. She is unable to work because of health problems.

Those circumstances make it difficult to meet monthly bills, including car and phone bills. It also costs $180 for her six-week supply of medication “just to help me feel halfway normal,” the 51-year-old woman wrote on her application.

She’s particularly hoping Share the Season can help with the car payment, which is nearly two months past due.

“The car payment would prevent us from losing the car so my husband can continue to look for work and for me to go to my many doctor appointments,” she wrote. “The phone is needed so I can make doctor appointments and my husband can continue to have a number where he can be contacted if they decided to hire him.

“Any help at all would be appreciated.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $14,061. Among the donors: Frances P. Brinegar; Gregory and Patricia Brown; Kurt L. and Jean Carter; Everett Cook; John and Saretta Culver; Nancy Evans; Wayne and Janet Ferguson; Paul and Bernadette Frank; Marian Grubb; W.E. and Leota Gustin; Lonnie R. Hossfeld; Patricia Hulbert; Joanna Kilgore; Jonathan and Daylene Olsen; Louis and Florence Ortega; David and Sherry Robinson; Patricia L. Rusch; Alan and Angela Shaw; Angela Tilson; Sharon L. Uhlik; Parlene Warren; Jessie LaVaun Waymire; William and Michele White; and 13 anonymous donors.

Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202.

Donations also can be made through PayPal online at www.wichitacf.org. Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous. For more information, call 316-264-4880.

To apply for help: Download an application at www.sharetheseason.org, or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market, Wichita. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

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