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Share the Season: Bills pile up for woman working multiple jobs

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at 12:31 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 12:33 p.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 woman has worked multiple jobs.

But she lost her main job as a caregiver in August when the man she was helping died. She was left with two low-paying jobs, working part time as a secretary and cleaning houses.

Financial trouble hit hard in September.

“In September my basement flooded, my car broke down, my air conditioner quit and my lawnmower broke,” the woman wrote to Share the Season. “I did have a little put away to help cover most of my expenses, however, I have depleted all my savings. I am not currently behind on any of my bills, but I will be this month. I would just like to be able to make it through the next couple of months while I try and find a steady income.”

The bills are piling up — two months of a relatively small house payment, two months of utilities and property taxes — so much so that the next two months look bleak.

“End result, if I don’t figure out something, I probably lose the house I’ve had for 24 years,” the woman said.

So far, Share the Season has raised more than $57,000.

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.

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

To apply for help, fill out an application at www.sharetheseason.org or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market. The application deadline is Dec. 16. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

Among recent donors:

Barbara Keating; Grace Kennedy-Pratt, in memory of Bill Kennedy and David Pratt; Dean Krug; Louise Laggart; Eric and Debra Larson; Nancy Lee, in memory of Jack Lee; Wanda Levy, in memory of Anna M.; Hazel Linder, in memory of Jim Linder; Robert and Barbara Loop, in memory of deceased Stuever family members; Bill and Debby Lucas Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation; Errol and Suzanne Luginbill; Geoffrey and Linda Luerding; Nancy Lundstedt;

Shirley Martin, in memory of parents and Kelly Martin; Errolene McClintick; Rosemary McMullen; R. Keith and Ilene Miers; Andrew Mies; Diana Miller, in memory of Anna McConnell; Paul and Margaret Miller; Donna Mills, in memory of Roma Smith; Karen Morland, in memory of Van; Joseph and Rhita Muci; Ronald and Patricia Myers; Rosalie Myrtle; Donald and Pattie McCullough, in memory of Berle Walkup and Amos and Ruth White; McCune Family Charitable Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation; Lex and Judy McClean; and Kent Moxley.

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