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Monday, June 30, 2014

Economy, seizures put man behind on bills

By Matt Riedl
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.

This self-employed carpet installer is seeing fewer jobs lately, something he blames on the economy.

“Construction has really slowed down,” the 27-year-old said. “It’s really killing business.”

When no jobs come in, he experiences high stress, which results in occasional seizures that hospitalize him for two to three days. Doctors are still unsure of the cause of his seizures.

“It’s kind of embarrassing, to be honest,” he said. “You just hope it doesn’t happen in front of your kids, while you’re on a job or while you’re driving.”

He has fallen behind on his bills because of the lack of jobs and whenever he has to miss because he is hospitalized.

“When business gets slow and you’re only working one day a week, it becomes physically impossible to survive on that,” he said. “And when you have a one-income family of four it’s even harder.” He supports his girlfriend, 23, and two sons, 11 and 4.

Share the Season was able to provide $700 to help him pay his utility bills. For this, he said, he was very grateful.

“We really appreciate the help,” he said. “I just want to wish everyone the best and to keep taking it one day at a time.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $124,639. Among recent donors : Harry Adams; Michele Anderson; Kenneth and Tammy Breeden, in memory of Mary Ann Lawing; Elizabeth Carson; Joan Cole; Ruby Collins; Kevin and Victoria Davis; Jan Duhnke; Rodney and Velva Ellenz; Phillip Escareno; Flattery’s Funtastic Foods and Ottaway Amusement Co., Inc., Chris and Vicki Flattery; Financial Solutions Inc.; Karen Gammon; Robert Gammon; Bruce and Nancy Gordon; Van and Mary Ann Harrold; Martin and Valerie Haskell; Karen Houser; Karl and Joan Krausse; Connie Larkin; Joseph Muci; Shirley Overstreet, in memory of Mary Horine; Walter and Jo Anne Pfister, in memory of Don Pfister; Terry Pope; the Seekers, First United Methodist Church; Peggy Sellers; Chris and Lana Shultz; Douglas and Janet Ternes; L. Ray and Lillian Urquhart; Paul and Susan Wetta; Pete and Jacquelyne Williams; and 25 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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