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Share the Season: Single mom with three daughters needs help with utility bills

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at 2:49 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at 7:06 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 single mother of three girls had simply run out of resources.

She’s working a part-time job and trying to find another as soon as possible, but it’s not easy when her daughters are all under the age of 7.

Her goal is to be home each night to tuck them into bed.

Their father is out of work and has fallen behind in child support payments.

“I could not get ahead on the bills,” the 31-year-old mother told The Eagle. “I’ve been doing my best to make ends meet but I have been robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

Share the Season helped get her caught up on utility bills.

Because she had fallen so far behind, she prayed every night after work that she could pick up her girls, fix dinner and give baths without having the water shut off.

She is hoping now she can find a part-time job on the weekends to help support her family.

“Share the Season would make a difference in our life by allowing me to get ahead on our bills,” the mother wrote on her application. “It would also allow me to focus on caring for my children without the financial burden of trying to find a means to pay for our utilities before they are shut off, and be able to focus on providing Christmas for my children.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $172,413.

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 with this story.

Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.

Among recent donors:

Anonymous in memory of Cecile Kellenbarger; anonymous in memory of Sally Stratton; anonymous in memory of Grant A. Vance; Jerry and Anita Allard, in memory of Ercell Swain; Baughman Company, P.A.; Kenneth and Tammy Breeden, in memory of George Vollmer; Kevin and Phyllis Campbell; Patrick Canaday; Cessna United Friendship Fund; David Clark; Carol Dooley;

Faye and Ella Graves; Robert and Laura Ireland; Richard Johnson; Robert and Sandra Kitchen; Jacob Knitig; Jamie Lane; Jean Marchand; Mike McCandless; Glenda McNew; Lawrence and Melanie Mitchell; Karen Morland, in memory of Van Morland; Doris Prahl, in memory of Robert E. Prahl; Rick Rice; Betty Richards; River City Ladies Club;

Clint Stucky; Joyce Suellentrop; Sharon Twietmeyer-Perry, in memory of June, Bill, & Spencer; Janet Van Epps; Pete and Jacquelyne Williams; N. Brent and Mary Jane Wooten; and 23 anonymous donors.

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