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Share the Season: Layoff brings unforeseen hardship to family

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at 7:29 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.

There’s never a good time to get laid off, but the first of December may be one of the worst.

At least that’s how it feels for this couple with three children. The 37-year-old husband was laid off Dec. 3, leaving the family’s only income coming from the wife’s part-time job.

“It happened so suddenly,” she said.

The wife, 36, said Share the Season has already responded to help the family.

“We’re so grateful,” she said.

Struggling to keep up with the mortgage payment has been particularly difficult. She said they have been trying to work with the mortgage company, but nothing has been resolved yet.

“We’ve been playing catch up,” she wrote in her application. “I have no idea how we’re going to make it.”

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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