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.
After being laid off in 2010 and striving to adequately support his fiancee and newborn son, he recently got a job.
“I applied everywhere as soon as I got laid off, but the job market was just terrible,” he said.
His son, now 9 months old, suffered from medical complications soon after birth.
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“He had a cow’s milk protein intolerance and was bleeding internally at 2 months old,” he said. “We have a large medical bill in my fiancee’s name because the doctor we first took him to will not accept our son’s insurance.”
The couple also were in two car accidents while his fiancee was pregnant.
“My fiancee still suffers in pain every day and has had medical treatment, but nothing has helped,” he said. “I cannot afford out-of-pocket medical expenses for her. Even now she has been struggling to pick the baby up and carry the car seat around.”
Along with medical bills, electricity and water bills have also been burdening them.
“We’re behind on almost everything,” he said. “The phone got shut off and our electricity was almost gone. I borrowed some money from my parents, but of course they can only help so much.”
He has recently gone back to college with the help of student loans to finish his bachelor’s degree.
Share the Season has notified him that it will help with some of his bills.
“Some of the bills have already been paid for and the others will be soon,” he said. “This has really helped a lot. Hopefully once I start receiving checks from work, things will be better.”
He said he is deeply grateful for Share the Season’s assistance. He didn’t qualify for financial aid from other potential donors because of his previous job.
“Someday I hope I can pay back all what people have done to help me,” he said.
So far, Share the Season has raised $35,660.
Donors include: Gregory Barbeau; Marylyn Blanding in memory of Max A. Blanding; Michael and Susan Brecht; Jack and Jaye Ann Buehler; Barbara Coats; Donner and Blitzen; Joel Eby and Joyce Chadwick; Barbara Finney; Deb and William Frailey; Jerry Furlong; W. Peter and Connie Geiger; Lloyd and Shiela Henning; Rita Hephner in memory of Lela M. Eitel; Gerald Holland; Mark and Donna Kennedy; Charles and Patsy Kerley; Julius and Louise Laggart; Gaynelle Lentz; Wanda Levy; Donna Main; Jerry Miller; Stephen and Winnifred Millham; Mark Moeller; George and Kimberly Palmer; Corinne Radke; Gerry Sibley; Janet Van Epps; Ann and Scott Weidensaul; Don and Karen Wells; and 12 anonymous donors.
Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202.
Donations also can be made through PayPal online at www.wichitacf.org. Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous. For more information, call 316-264-4880.
To apply for help: Download an application at www.sharetheseason.org, or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market, Wichita. For more information, call 316-263-2769.