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Share the Season: Parents hoping to provide Christmas

  • Eagle correspondent
  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at 8:39 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at 10:45 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.

Christmas for this family of five is not going to be easy.

A few months ago, the 36-year-old father of three had to leave his job because of a severe back injury. He needs surgery, but without insurance his ruptured disks will go without treatment.

The family’s only source of income comes from the 26-year-old mother, and her schedule has been cut back. She’s unable to afford the family’s monthly utilities and other expenses, let alone Christmas presents for her children, ages 3, 4 and 5.

“We were not sure if we would even be able to afford Christmas for them due to our bills and being behind on rent,” she said.

“Any bit of help would be greatly appreciated,” the mother said in her application. “God bless all of you for what you do for families in need.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $96,665.

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 with 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:

Ted and Marcia Ayres, in honor of Beverly and Jim Rhatigan; Betty Bays; John and Paddy Belt, in honor of Mike and Sandi Major; Glen and Anita Boutz; Michael and Susan Brecht; Patsy Davis and Eric Jay, in memory of Charles Davis; John and Julie Dombo; Fred and Nancy Dopes, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; George and Judy Ehmke; John and Marianne Fenili; Doyle and Dawn Hamilton; Kieth and Mim Hiesterman, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; James and Marilyn John; Pamela Johnson, in memory of Jerry Johnson; Lea Jordan; Barbara Keating; Marvin Keeler; Roger and Judy Knight; Nancy Lee, in memory of Jack Lee; Mary Jane Teal Awards Committee; Beldon Mills; Jonathan and Margaret Olsen; Ronald Porter; Scott and Lisa Ritchie, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Fred and Carol Schwarz, in memory of Milt Sills; Douglas and Pauline Sharp, in honor of Mickey Sharp; Steve Sigley; Bradley and Joann Tuzicka; Kenneth and Louise Wagnon, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Peggy Willcut; Donna Wirth; and 19 anonymous donors.

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