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.
Working in hospice care paid the bills, with some struggles. But on Sept. 6, as she helped an elderly woman out of the tub, the 45-year-old woman injured her right shoulder and arm.
Since a surgery on Dec. 10, things have gotten worse. It may take up to a year before she can return to work, and asking for help from her two sons isn’t easy.
“It’s just harder during the holidays because they have families of their own,” she said.
Share the Season is helping her to afford this month’s rent. And so far, she has been given nearly 100 dollars worth of food stamps from the SRS.
“It’s a little strange,” the woman said about the food stamps. “It was an eye opener to see if I qualified for it. You kind of feel guilty having to ask for help, especially when you see people around you with kids and everything.”
During Christmases past, the woman has always been the one to get gifts for friends and families and to buy stocking stuffers for her grandkids. But in the most recent years, things have been different.
“I’ve struggled before. This has just been the worst. My grandkids expect stuff but they’re little enough that I think they understand,” she said.
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.