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Share the Season: Layoff, then lower pay put woman in a bind

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at 7:07 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at 7:40 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.

Finding steady employment hasn’t been easy for this 56-year-old woman. She was a customer service representative for five years, but was laid off in February.

“It’s devastating,” she said. “At my age, it’s hard to find work. I’ve been to every agency in town, and nobody has a job for me.”

“They have advertisements out there that they’re hiring but you do an interview where you’re one of 30 people,” she said.

Since being laid off, this grandmother of two has taken two low-paying part-time jobs, but the income has hardly been enough to make monthly bills.

Share the Season has helped with the mortgage and a few utility bills.

“The lady at Share the Season was a blessing in disguise. I have hope for the new year,” she says.

So far, Share the Season has raised $ 182,119.64.

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.

Among recent donors: 10 anonymous; Anonymous, in memory of Wynema Clark; Anonymous, in honor of Bob and Barbara Fizer; Anonymous, in memory of Evie Hufford; Anonymous, in memory of Jay Galloway; Anonymous, in honor of 21st & Amidon Starbucks; Anonymous, in memory of Ike and Maude Counsell; Accel Construction, LLC; BB Airsoft, LLC; Mary Lou Blum, in memory of Robert and Rebecca Blum; E. Holmes and Janet Brinton; Paul and Cathleen Brokaw; Robert and Deametrice Eyster, in memory of James D. and Mira Merriman; Paul and Deena Fowler; Mike George; Marla Hubbard, in memory of Larry L. Phillips; Dona Hughes; Randy and Leslie Leroux; Carole Parker; Curtis and Mary Peck; Bruce and Linda Schreck; John and Patricia Siedhoff; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Adult Sunday School; B.C. and S.R. Stuber; Randy and Sheri Wedekind; David Westmoreland; Paul and Susan Wetta; and Cody and Robin Wray.

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