After a tough year, family ‘can’t seem to get ahead’

12/02/2011 5:00 AM

12/02/2011 7:03 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.

Over the past six months, this 34-year-old mother of three has seen her husband leave his family and a brother commit suicide.

“It’s just taken a toll on our family … a rough, long year,” she wrote in her application to Share the Season.

She had to leave one job and take another with better hours in order to accommodate a schedule to take care of her children – ages 13, 9 and 3 – without the help of her husband. But the switch dropped her hourly rate by nearly $3, to $10.

An 18-year-old, the daughter of her best friend, also lives with the family and goes to school. The 18-year-old helps look after the children and works a few hours a day for the Wichita school district.

“She is doing well, and I try to help her with school so she can do something with herself,” the mother wrote.

Her most immediate needs are $400 for tags and property taxes on her car, $500 for rent and $250 in medical bills as the result of a kidney stone. She said she can’t see her doctor again until the bill is paid.

“We’re not struggling to death,” she wrote, “but we can’t seem to get ahead.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $66,220. Donors include: Keith and Karen Anderson; Jim and Cheryl Donecker, in memory of Dale Donecker and Roxie Doll; Robert and Deametrice Eyster, in memory of Jim and Mira Merriman; Henry Fager; Wilbur Gregory; William and Carolyn Hayden; Clinton and Julie Koker; Neil Miller; Amanda Morales; Judy Naylor; James and Gloria Nuss; Jay and Carolyn Schlegel; Elvina Sexton; Jodi Slaton; George and Elizabeth Dell Stephens; Ric Vix and Sandi Timmons-Vix; Terry and Paula Voth; Thomas and Elaine Ware; and eight anonymous donations, including one in honor of Bess Sibley and in memory of Gordon Sibley.

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.

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