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Share the Season: Family getting back on track after unpaid sick leave

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at 5:05 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 12:32 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 extra help she received from Share the Season in paying her utilities bills came just at the right time, the 31-year-old woman said.

She was out of work for two weeks with strep throat and a tonsil infection, and this led to her falling behind in her payments.

“When you miss two weeks, that’s money lost; you can’t make it up,” she said. “It was truly a blessing. It came right at the right time.”

The woman said the money will help ensure that the family doesn’t have to stress about making monthly payments.

“We enjoy Christmas, but most of our memories are made on Christmas Eve,” she said. “We play games, bake, eat – it makes sure we get to spend some time with the kids.”

She said she, her husband and four young children will finally be able to relax a little this holiday.

“It can help us focus on other things,” she said. “It definitely lightened the load.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $183,158.56.

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: Norma Jean Beck, in memory of Benjamin Beck; William and Lisa Bowman; Raymond Brown; Cheryl Cardwell; Naomi Claycomb; John and Deborah Deuser; Mary Drake, in memory of Bud and Jacque Drake; Ronnie Farris; James and Joanne Flippin; Robert Held; Trisha Kinnan, in memory of Mike Kinnan; James and Carol Loeffler; Jack and Pam Sims; Ruth Ann Timmermeyer, in memory of Clarence Kennedy; Timothy and JoAnn Turner; W. Charles and Susan Waters; Larry and Janet Weis; anonymous, in memory of Horton, Akin, and Aunin’s grandparents; and 14 other anonymous d onors.

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