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.
The 34-year-old single mom grew up in a family that often struggled to make ends meet.
She says she knew that going to college was the way out of a life of poverty. She wanted – and still wants – to be a schoolteacher.
But it is hard making ends meet.
“I am currently employed, as a teacher, but I moved positions because my program closed,” she wrote on her application for Share the Season. She now drives farther to work. “I took a large pay cut and I lost the part-time job that had been keeping me afloat. I have spent most of the fall trying to find another part-time job, but because of my required hours at my full-time job, many employers have chosen to pass me by.”
Each day, she drives a 95-mile round trip. She is hoping to move closer to her current school district in the next few months. But in the meantime, she’s fallen three months behind on her bills.
She is hoping that Share the Season will help her catch up.
“I went into teaching knowing I would never make a great amount of money, but I never considered having to struggle so mightily after teaching nine years. I never thought I’d have to worry about having enough money to pay insurance this month or buy groceries.”
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.