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Share the Season: Father needs help to heat his home

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at 10 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.

Bills piled up after this father of two needed surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament — known as an ACL. He was off work and unable to buy necessities.

Eventually, things got better. He recuperated and saved, eager to pay down the debt.

Then his fiancee, 29, needed an emergency appendectomy. So he drained his savings to pay for the procedure.

Now this 30-year-old father worries his 5-year-old daughter and son, 4, will feel winter’s chill.

He owes $1,126.92 to Kansas Gas Service. With no natural gas, there’s no heat.

“I have tried to resolve this issue with Kansas Gas Service but until the balance is paid, (I) won’t be able to get heat for my family,” he wrote in his application to Share the Season.

He earns $11.50 an hour working in the aviation industry. But with his rent, grocery bill, childcare and insurance costs alone topping $1,700 a month, he can’t afford to eliminate the debt on his own.

And he was denied a request for a loan.

With help, “my (two) little children will know how it feels to be warm when they come home from school,” the father wrote in his application. It would be “one less problem …to hold me back (from) trying to take care of my family.”

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 smartphone to scan the tag 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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