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.”