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Share the Season: Grandmother’s heat has been turned off

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at 11:02 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at 11:23 p.m.

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 71-year-old grandmother couldn’t say no to her family.

She loaned some money to one of her children who lives out of state.

They promised to pay her back.

It didn’t happen.

“I have no family here in Wichita and I’m a widow,” she wrote on her application for Share the Season. “I fell behind in my gas payments. I tried but I could not keep the pay agreement after that.”

The gas has been turned off at her house.

After the mortgage is paid and other bills, there is not much money left. Her gas bill is $2,115.

She stays warm with an electric heater.

A friend who helped the grandmother fill out the application also wrote she was concerned because the grandmother “had placed a barbecue grill in her garage to help heat her house in the past and I’m very concerned about her current safety and finding a long term solution to resolve the matter.”

Share the Season has raised $46,076 so far.

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

To donate online, go to www.sharetheseason.org or use your smartphone to scan the QR code near this story.

Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.

To apply for help, fill out an application at www.sharetheseason.org or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market. The application deadline is Dec. 13. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

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