Death may put home in jeopardy

12/02/2009 12:00 AM

12/02/2009 6:44 AM

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.

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The 68-year-old woman mortgaged her house to help family.

The mortgage loan was based on her nephew’s income. It was to help him, his wife, who has cancer, and their six children.

But when he died suddenly, his wife was unable to make payments.

He had no insurance, and the family struggled to pay for his funeral.

Now, the 68-year-old woman living on Social Security is worried about losing her home. “The bank informed me I do not qualify to refinance,” she wrote on her application. “I am not sorry I helped this family. I am only worried about losing my home of 35 years.”

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. To apply for help: Download an application at www.sharetheseason.org, or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market, Wichita, KS 67201. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

So far Share the Season has received $59,227.

Among the donors: Anonymous in memory of Pastor Earl and Ida Mae Wall, Harry B. Adams, Robert and Rita Benoit, Judith H. Conners, Wayne and Janet Ferguson, Robert J. Giebler, Brenda Golden, Janette N. Grier, S.G. and Juanita Hanson, Health Facilities Group LLC, Leo and Carolyn Holmes, James and Marilyn John, Diana J. Lane, Larry and Donna Pierce, Frances S. Roskam in memory of Del Roskam, Suzanne Shields, Linda Warrington, Randall R. White, and five anonymous donors.

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