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.
Doctors told the husband and father of one that nothing would ever come of the cancerous tumor in his kidneys. But a few months ago he became ill and was placed on hospice care.
“It was smoldering,” the 55-year-old wife said. “That’s what the doctors told us.”
His wife took family medical leave from her job as an elementary school secretary because he needed continuous care. His death on Nov. 27 left the family without any Social Security or pension payments.
The teenage son and his father were very close, the mother said. “He’s not doing well with it at all.”
“At this point I have no money to take care of bills or give my son a Christmas,” the mother said in her Share the Season application.
The family received help with some monthly bills from Share the Season. The family also is cutting back on expenses, for example, using portable heaters to warm their house.
“We have never asked anybody for anything,” she said, “but when it rains, it pours.”
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 smartphone to scan the QR code with this story.
Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.