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Share the season: Medical bills weigh down couple, 3 kids

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at 6:54 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at 6:57 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 three children has been hit with medical expenses that have left the family unable to make bill payments.

The father, 32, had life-altering surgery in 2009 and has been unable to work since then. While he was in the hospital, he lost his job. Because he lost his job, the family lost a car and a house.

His wife, 33, recently had her own medical issues that forced her to take time off from her job. That caused the couple to fall farther behind on bill payments

The mother continues to work even when she is ill because she is the only one in the home who has a job. Her husband receives some medical disability insurance.

“We continue to cut back where we can and pay what we can when we can,” the mother wrote in her application to Share the Season.

They need money for medical costs and other bills.

“There is always a lot less money than bills,” the mother wrote in her application. “Programs like this really help out and are truly a blessing from God. Helping pay off these bills would really be a start to help us get back on track.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $68,402.14.

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.

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.

Among recent donors: Six anonymous; Anonymous, in memory of America’s Veterans; Anonymous, in memory of Sherry E. Shipley Brosius; Anonymous, in memory of Darin Compton; Anonymous, in memory of Robert Constable; Anonymous, in memory of Edith Downs; Anonymous, in memory of Kenneth Harshfield; Anonymous, in memory of Sandy Kimminau; Anonymous, in memory of Mary and Jacke Lane; Anonymous, in memory of Tripp Lightner; Anonymous, in memory of Jean McKinney and Danelle Hesse; Anonymous, in memory of Jean Kay Ogden; Anonymous, in memory of Don Phillippi; Anonymous, in memory of Cory Pugh; Anonymous, in memory of Dwaine Reeves; Anonymous, in memory of Joan Rennaker; Anonymous, in memory of Florence Robinson; Anonymous, in memory of Valentine and Marie Seidl; Anonymous, in memory of Sharla; Anonymous, in memory of Mel Snyder; Anonymous, in memory of Don Storck; Anonymous, in memory of Jack Swinson; Anonymous, in memory of Lillian Vermillion and Greg Nicholson; Anonymous, in memory of Matthew West Walker; Anonymous, in memory of Eldor Wulf; Marvin and Connie Angleton, in memory of Jean Kay Ogden; Bill and Dorothy Baldauf, in honor of children, grand and great; Raymond and Lynette Brown; Rick and Betty Clarke, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Allen and Jane Davis, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Joel and Joyce (Chadwick) Eby, in memory of Alan Anderson and Janis Dillon; Frederick and Wanda Eilts; Chet and Janice Eudy; John and Linda Finn, in memory of Leo Finn; Ronald and Evelyn Gernaat; Richard and Bonnie (Bing) Honeyman; Davis and Sarah Jervis, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Doug and Jolene Kaufman; Gary and Julie Langton, in memory of Ruberta Langton and Frances Warren; Joseph and Rhita Muci; Katie Oller; Jay and Carolyn Schlegel; Ruth Ann Timmermeyer, in memory of Catherine Timmermeyer; Barbara Wright; and Loyd and Kay Zang.

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