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Share the Season: Medical bills put couple in a hole

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at 11:16 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at 12:41 a.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.

This couple with four children is reeling from medical bills.

When she was pregnant with twins, she was on bed rest most of the time.

The portion of their accumulated medical bills for the past year and a half is $8,000

The father has, at times, worked three jobs trying to catch up. He is also going to college to become a special education teacher. Next semester, he will be a student teacher and has had to cut back on the number of hours he can work. The mother stays at home, due to the expense and lack of childcare.

She heard about Share the Season from her aunt.

“When I applied, I thought maybe they will see me. Maybe they won’t. I bet millions of people apply,” the mother said.

When the Share the Season caseworker called, the mother was thrilled.

“I was thinking that they might help me with the electric bill,” she said. “But they were also able to also put money towards some of the medical bills. In our time of need, Share the Season helped us this year.”

Share the Season has raised $58,755 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 smart phone to scan the QR code near this story.

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

Among recent donors: Accessories Inc. of Wichita; Ron Adame; Larry and Arleigh Aldrich, in memory of Melba Knox; Jay and Sharon Bezdek; Anthony and Deanna Botterweck; Walter and Barbara Courtney; Steven and Janis Cox; Fiber Dynamics, Inc.; James and Esther Franklin; Robert and Viola Giebler; Grace Presbyterian Church; Norm Grotz; M. Victor and Ruth Heckart; Laurence Kemp; Leslie and Becky Langley; G. Keith Murray, in memory of Bob Clinger and Diane Lewis; Glibert and Sharon Nye; Michael and Katharine Obryhim; Alicia Ratliff, in memory of Orville and Phyllis Wise; Glen and Judy Reed, in memory of Idina Scow and Everett Pfeifer; Robert Richardson; Larry and Colleen Schaar, in memory of Philip Schaar; Richard and Kathy Shoffner; James Sprowl; George and Elizabeth (Dell) Stephens, in memory of Paul Stephens; Keith and Georgia Stevens, in memory of Keeney Stevens; James and Mitzi Tiede; Robert and Elaine Todd; and nine anonymous donors.

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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