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Share the Season: Woman behind on bills after job loss

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 7:13 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 7:25 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.

This single woman had her employment insurance expire in March while she remained without a job. She fell three months behind on her bills, and her car broke down for six months. When she found work in May, she had to pay $500 to get the car fixed.

“I have been stressing out ever since I got this job because I hired in at part-time and was only guaranteed 15 to 33 hours a week, so my work schedule varies,” she wrote in her application to Share the Season.

Her daughter and three children just moved out after seven years, which will help with expenses a little. But, she said, “I haven’t been able to go to the doctor to get my arthritis meds renewed because I owe an outstanding bill. And with winter coming up I’m worried about upcoming heating and electric bills.”

“It’s been real hard just keeping up with the gas, electric, water, just the normal stuff, and letting other things go,” she wrote.

So far, Share the Season has raised $183,850.

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.

Among recent donors: anonymous, in memory of Marge and Dave Benjamin; anonymous, in memory of Sister Sibyllina Mueller; Marsha Allen, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Bryce Bowden, in honor of Bowden, Nickens, and Kennedy Family; Lentz Eye Care & Associates, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens;

Dennis and Carolyn Maze, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Andrea Bonds; Robert and Dorothy Laray Davis; Ellie Ewald; First Presbyterian Church – Dorcas Circle; C. Tim Harbaugh; Robert and Ruth Holliday; Al and Betty Pitts; Gary and Kathryn Regier; Robert Roberts; Alan and Angela Shaw; David and Laura Shriner; Thomas and Mary White; and two anonymous donors.

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