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Share the Season: Family struggles as mother copes with arthritis pain

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at 12 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.

The 32-year-old father is working full time, going to school at night and holding down a second job on the weekend.

The mom, who has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, has been unemployed since January 2011.

Her unemployment ran out in July.

“It has been extremely hard to make ends meet,” said the mother, 42.

The couple has two children: a 7-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl.

“I’m fighting for my disability on top of all of that,” the mother said. She has had surgery on both hands to straighten them after arthritis deformed them.

Some days the pain in her hands and feet is better than on others.

She wrote that a gift from Share the Season would provide a sense of mind “that we will have electric and heat for the winter months and that my children may be able to have a little Christmas and birthdays.”

The organization has helped provide assistance with the family’s propane and electric bills.

“I will return the favor once we get back on our feet,” she said. “This is a very good cause and we appreciate the help.”

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 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.

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