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Share the Season: Job loss, illness leave couple struggling

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at 6:40 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at 6:52 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 loss of a job and a progressive illness have left this couple struggling to pay bills.

Last year, the wife was let go from the teaching job she held for seven years due to budget cuts. She has been taking part-time jobs cleaning and babysitting.

Her husband has been disabled by multiple sclerosis and unable to work for two years. He has recently become eligible for Medicare.

They are trying to hang on to their house, but have gone through most of their savings, borrowed against their life insurance policies and taken loans from family.

A gift from Share the Season would help them maintain some of their dignity, the woman wrote in her application.

“I never would have thought this would happen to us in a million years! We have had to swallow a lot of our pride to ask family for help, but we continue to trust in the Lord and He continues to provide us with hope and strength,” she wrote. “We will be so thankful to you and your agency if you decide to help us out with these bills.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $112,325.

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 Thursday. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

Among recent donors: Bill and Donna Ard; James and Patty Armstrong; Teresa Arthur; Ronald and Eleisa Barber; Tami Bradley; Jim and Marlies Delventhal; Robert and Susan Grelinger; J.P. and Judy Grisham, in memory of Norma Jean Hubbard; Joan Kornelson, in memory of Cleta Friesen; Arlo and Marilyn Landreth, in memory of Marilyn Gonder; Frank and Susan McFarren; Vern Miller; Jeff and Carrie Moore;

Walter and Jo Anne Pfister, in memory of Denise Pfister; Kenneth and Carol Pitetti, in memory of James Kent Pitetti; Jeffrey and Jill Ramsey; Hilary Robe, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Lonnie Royer; Sandlian Realty; Deborah Sauer; Steve and Pamela Spines, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Ronald Trignano; Bruce and Donna Young, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; and 19 anonymous donors.

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