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Retired teacher raising grandson has no financial help

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at 10:45 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.

At 63, the retired teacher is on disability.

And now, she is raising her 4-year-old grandson.

She has no financial help for him.

“I am his only caregiver at the moment,” she wrote on her application for Share the Season. “His parents are unfit and I am left to pay some of their debt as well.”

She was a teacher for 28 years and retired in 2000.

“Help from Share the Season would be a blessing to my grandson and I,” she wrote on her application. “It would allow a little less stress on myself to have some financial help.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $159,139.

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 smartphone to scan the QR code with this story.

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 Monday. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

Among recent donors: Teresa Arthur; Ted and Marcia Ayres, in honor of Jim and Beverly Rhatigan; Randall Ball; Ronald and Carol Ball; Curtis and Kathleen Demuth; Tom Devlin; Jim and Marlene Edgington; Ralph and Pat Engelken; Faye and Ella Graves; Peter and Kathryn Hanas; Lloyd and Sheila Henning; Robert Lee; Mary McCool; Max and Penny Moss, in honor of Tom and Myra Devlin;

Prairie Pines, LLC; Peter and Rebecca Reynolds; Richard M. and Hannah R. Kerschen Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation; Pete and Jacquelyne Williams; anonymous in memory of Florence E. Robinson; anonymous in memory of Jim Irwin; and five other anonymous donors.

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