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Friday, July 25, 2014

After job loss, family of four can’t make ends meet

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.

This family of four is struggling to live off the 43-year-old father’s monthly disability check of $898.

“We try to scavenge for food,” said the 40-year-old mother of two sons, 20 and 14.

She lost her job last April and hasn’t been able to find work. Her husband has a pacemaker after suffering two heart attacks.

The $700 monthly rent gobbles much of the disability check. The family is already two months behind on payments for a 2001 Pontiac. Her husband’s truck won’t run.

“I hope they don’t take this car,” she said.

“Right now my family is suffering because of no money or food,” she wrote.

The family also needs some clothes because many of the ones they wear now have holes, she wrote.

So far, Share the Season has raised $48,900. Among recent donors: Anonymous in memory of Darin Compton; Peggy Browning; Darrell Chew, in memory of Virginia Chew; Jack and Marilyn DeBoer; Joan Harris; Richard Hiebsch; Lyle and Romona Jensen; Dean Krug; Danny and Cindy Leddy; Robert and Barbara Loop; Ron Mann; Brian and Gina McRae; Paul and Barbara Ott; Rodney and Angelita Quincy; Cheryl Roddy; Carolyn Roper; Brian Smith; George and Patricia Womack; and eight other 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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