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Share the Season: Job layoffs land single mother of 4 in debt

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 7:43 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 7:58 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 27-year-old single mother of four fell behind on bills when she was laid off from her job for six months shortly after she bought her first home.

“I almost lost everything within that time,” she wrote in her application.

She was asked to come back to the same company but was laid off again seven months later.

This time she decided to take another job as a bookkeeper that paid less but offered more job security.

“It has been a gradual climb out of debt since,” she said. “I have minimized my bills to the absolute necessities.”

She has received help from Share the Season for some of her bills. She also has been able to keep her home.

“It really did help,” she said. “There’s not a lot of help out there for working parents.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $73,702.

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.

Among recent donors:

Anonymous, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; anonymous, in honor of Gena & Steve Dillard and Janet & Greg Wright; Keith and Karen Anderson, in memory of Peyton Duling; Margot Breckbill; Bruce G. Cochener Foundation; Carey, Thomas, Hoover & Breault - CTHB Investments Inc., in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Darrell Chew; DeVore Foundation, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens;

Jan Duhnke; Jeaninne Ewertz; David and Linda Garrison; James and Carolyn Grier, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Kyle Hacker; Irene Hahn; Stephen and Barbara Holmes; Rick and Susan Hoppe; Robert Hudgins, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Brett Lewis; Patricia Malcolm, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens;

Paul and Margaret Miller; Randy, Stormy II and Don Nicholson, in memory of Greg Nicholson; Don Nicholson, in memory of Kembra Rose Moore; Charles and Vicki Rekoske; Virginia Wakeland, in memory of Kenneth Coffey; Wichita A’s Model A Ford Club; Joe and Vicki Wright; and six anonymous donors.

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