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Share the Season: Accident, layoff put mom behind in paying bills

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at 7:54 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at 7:23 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.

It has been a difficult year for this 30-year-old mother of four children.

An accident in April totaled her car only eight months short of it being paid off. The other driver was at fault and the insurance covered her car, but it still wasn’t enough to pay for a new used car.

In June, she was laid off from her job as a medical technologist. A month later, she landed part-time work at another hospital, but the smaller paycheck put her behind in paying bills.

The hospital made her position full time in September, but three weeks later she fell while playing with her children and broke her leg. The break required surgery and will keep her from returning to work until later this month.

She had not been at her current job long enough to get paid time off, although she is getting disability insurance.

She’s particularly concerned about how she’ll be able to pay bills and buy groceries through December and January.

“It would mean the world if I could go one month without worrying about how I am going to pay my bills before the next month’s bills come in,” she said. “It’s a little stressful at times, but you have to look at the bright side of things and pull through.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $173,955.

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.

Among recent donors: Jerry and Anita Allard, in memory of Ercell and Alice Swain; Keith and Karen Anderson, in memory of Peyton Duling; Jamil Bakri; Loretta Barchers, in honor of Judith Ann and Marie H.; Jill Brax; Paul and Cathleen Brokaw; Bruce G. Cochener Foundation matching gifts; Debra Conley, in honor of Norm’s 70th Birthday; Kathleen Corbitt;

David and Rebecca Deckard; Dennis Family Music Ministry, in honor of Pastor J.P. Dennis Jr. and in memory of Mrs. Sarah Nell Dennis; First Christian Church Missionary Fund; Chris and Vicki Flattery, in memory of Gwynn Christian; Flint Hills Spas and Billiards LLC; Levan and Kristy Gerstner; Raymond and Mary Gibson; Merle and Sally Glass, in memory of Logan Glass; Chris Greiving, in memory of beloved friend Kim Verble and in memory of beloved grandfathers George, Russ, Ed and Dain;

Richard Hite; Don and Barbara Klish; Tresa Lawrence, in memory of Righteous Osward; Aaron and Billie Loder; Mike McCandless; Frances and Peggy Meyers, in memory of Logan Glass; James Pottorf; Clarence Schwemmer, in memory of Ruth Ann McCune; Paul and Cecile Seward; Gary and Carol Shaw; Arlyn and Carol Smith; Tony Blake Design; Jack and Ruth Vandyke; and 13 anonymous donors.

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