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Share the Season: Family struggles to meet its mortgage

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at 1:54 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at 7:24 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 family of five had received a shutoff notice from the electric company and was in danger of losing its home.

The wife lost her job with a trucking company when it went out of business last year. She has been able to find only part-time work 35 minutes from her home. Her husband has been receiving disability pay while she continues to look for full-time work in Wichita. They have three sons: two teenagers and a 4-month-old.

They have applied to a program to make their mortgage more affordable, she said, but it will be at least a month before any decision is made.

They sought and received some assistance from Share the Season.

That help was just what they needed to make it through Christmas, she said.

“It will make a big difference for our family and keeping our home at this point,” she said.

So far, Share the Season has raised more than $59,000.

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: Accel Construction; FengLing Chang; Kevin Edmundson, in memory of Chet and Lois Edmundson; Ray and Marilyn Ehrhart; Stanford and Linda Greer, in memory of Maurine and George Bond; George and Karen Haynes; Jayne Kern, in memory of Bobby Cory; Jacob Knitig; Brett Lewis; G. Keith Murray; O.S. and Jaclyn Gossard Fund from the Wichita Community Foundation; Deborah Sauer; Dennis and Cynthia Schamber; James Sprowl; Charles and Cleta Winkleman; anonymous, in memory of Harold Johnson; anonymous, in honor of Clyde and Brenda Pucket, Aldine Johnson, and in memory of Harold Johnson; and five other anonymous donors.

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