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Share the Season: Family can’t catch up on medical bills

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at 3:39 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.

Accumulated medical bills of about $30,000 have overwhelmed this family of four to the point they are running out of options.

“It’s been difficult to say the least,” said the 27-year-old mother.

But they are determined to find a way.

“We’ve often debated about me quitting my job that I love so that we could qualify for state assistance for food and insurance for our children,” she wrote in her application. “But we feel like that’s not the answer or the path God has in store.”

They’ve also considered filing for bankruptcy “to wash these medical bills away that make us feel like we are drowning,” she wrote.

But, she added, “We do not feel like it is the right answer yet. We would like to try everything we can to get these people their money.”

Both she and her 28-year-old husband work full time.

Her husband has had three surgeries in the past three years. Their two children — ages 3 and 1 — have had respiratory syncytial virus infection. Because they couldn’t be in daycare while sick, the mother has had to miss a number of days at work.

To offset that loss of income, the father has been trying to find a second a job.

“A gift from Share the Season would make a huge difference in our life,” the mother wrote.

So far, Share the Season has raised more than $83,728.

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 the donors so far: Robert and Nola Brown; Ben and Sandy Davison; John and Nancy Frey; Norma Harrison; Van and Mary Ann Harrold; Judith Johnson, in memory of Marion Richey; Edward and Maggie Koser; Ann Murray, in memory of Terry Murray; Randy, Stormy II, and Don Nicholson, in memory of Greg Nicholson; Randy and Don Nicholson, in memory of Leo and Evelyn Nicholson; Marilyn Nuckolls, in memory of Hestell Nuckolls;

Max Parkhurst; Erica Powell; Frances Riddle; Karen Sanders-West and Leta Sanders; Larry and Colleen Schaar; Richard Shoffner and Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner; Douglas and Janet Terns; Nadine Williams; anonymous in honor of Evelyn and Luke; anonymous in memory of Gordon Sibley and Bob Finkbiner; anonymous in memory of Jake Oster; anonymous in memory of Alvin, Tom, and Kath Gott and Kenneth E. Parks; anonymous in memory of Cora Belle Tebu and Eileen Pruitt; anonymous in memory of Bert and Donna Beckman; and seven other anonymous donors.

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