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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Layoff, big water bill put woman under pressure

By Ammarah Usmani
Eagle correspondent

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.

Since being laid off in June 2010, she hasn’t stopped searching for a stable job.

“I have been seeking work since then with resumes or applications to more than 1,729 jobs,” she said.

She receives some support through unemployment payments, but that expires in December.

“I have been able to make most ends meet through some unemployment and tax refunds,” she said. “I went back to online school to access school loans to make ends meet.”

Her biggest concern is her costly water bill.

“My water bill is so large because a neighbor’s child left my hose on and wasn’t discovered for many days,” she said. “Every month is a new payment arrangement with utility companies to keep them on, and every month I just fall farther behind.”

A single mother of two daughters, she is thankful for any kind of assistance she receives.

“Any help … to help at least just get current, would help so much,” she said.

Share the Season has raised $30,676 so far.

Among the donors: Sharon and Robert Allison; Randy and Carrie Benjamin; Anthony and Deanna Botterweck; Robert and Claire Chesnut; Jim and Marlene Edgington; Robert and Viola Giebler; Joseph and Marilyn Hein; Christy Jacob; Marvin Keeler; Elmer and Janet Matzek; Dorothy McIntire; Jesse and Regina Miller; Paul and Margaret Miller; Darrell, Kim and Emily Moore in memory of Matt Taylor; Connie O’Reilly; Curtis and Mary Peck; Dwayne and Sandra Schrag; Deryl and Anita Schuster; Fred and Carol Schwarz, in memory of Milt Sills; Steve Sigley; John and Kathleen Slaymaker, in memory of Joyce; S.A. Thompson, in memory of Carol Peterson; Derek Tuttle; David and Tracy Wagner; and 11 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 at 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, or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market, Wichita. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

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