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Share the Season: Mom struggles to provide her girls with a Christmas

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at 7:37 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 27-year-old single mother would like nothing more than to provide at least something for her three young daughters for Christmas.

“I’m really struggling with that,” she said.

A certified nurse assistant, she saw her hours at a nursing home where she works cut significantly when the home lost patients. Her paycheck took another hit when she became ill and had to miss a week of work.

“It caused me to fall behind on my bills,” said the mother of daughters who are 10, 7 and 4.

She said she gets paid twice a month and her first paycheck in December will have to go entirely for rent.

The gas utility has also threatened to turn off her gas because she’s so far behind in payments, she said.

“We have no one to stay with because we aren’t from Wichita,” she said. “I am really trying hard to stay afloat. This could at least help me give my kids a Christmas.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $127,803.

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 Kelly Bowden; David and Tammy Doyel; Leo Ehrlich, in memory of Yeda M. Ehrlich; Don Feldt, in memory of Linda Mann; J.P. and Judy Grisham, in memory of Elizabeth Nicky Baker; Sarah Hundemann; Penny Kylar, in memory of Vernon and Florence Johnson; John Lasak; C. Luttschwager; Ron and Carol Maddy; Mary Lynn and William L. Oliver Jr. Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation; Darrell and Kim Moore, in memory of Betty Moore and Easton Moore; Kenneth and Connie O’Reilly, in memory of Donald Dean Tate; Corbin Prichard, in memory of Anginette Graf; Tim and Cindy Rippe; Judith Roberts; Jay and Carolyn Schlegel; Steve Sigley; Bradford and Patricia Sweet; The Seekers – FUMC; Wichita Top Children’s Fund; anonymous, in memory of our daughter; and 15 other anonymous donors.

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