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Share the Season: Widow inundated with medical bills

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at 7:15 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 12:31 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.

The 63-year-old widow who works as a secretary was unable to pay all her medical bills after fracturing her wrist and needing surgery in October.

She also couldn’t pay for the dental work she needed that month because she had maxed out her dental insurance.

“I’m someone who doesn’t even have a doctor because I never get sick,” she said to The Eagle. “This past October, I was inundated.”

In addition, some other bills were piling up.

So she did something she wouldn’t have thought to do before. She applied to Share the Season.

“Many of us are the working poor and don't want to be a burden on anyone, but most appreciate that you would even consider helping us,” she wrote in her application.

Share the Season was able to meet some of her needs and give her relief for the holidays.

“Oh, my goodness, I just cried,” she said. “I went there not really expecting anything because I had never done this before. Even when my husband died and my kids were young and he didn’t have any life insurance. I taught my kids to be willing to work for what they get. So I had never done this. Just having them be so tenderhearted was very touching.”

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.

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

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