December 3, 2011

Family that tries to help others now needs help

Share the Season is an annual campaign that offers one-time aid to people affected by unforeseen hardships. The people are not indentified to protect their privacy.

Over the years, this family has been willing to share what it had with others in need. Now they could use some help.

“We are passionate and proud,” the 42-year-old mother wrote on her application to Share the Season, “but from time to time we need help, too.”

There’s still a balance of $700 in medical bills from her back surgery. They also need about $500 to repair their van and $400 for an eye checkup and glasses. Monthly rent is $360.

She draws a $1,015 disability check monthly, and the 31-year-old father nets about $1,300 each month from his job. They have a 2-year-old daughter but also are trying help three grown children in their early 20s and six grandchildren, she said.

The van hasn’t been checked in a while because of monthly payments on medical bills.

“We always give where we can to who we can,” she wrote, “but sometimes we are strapped and in need. We have to ask outside the family, because they cannot help. Any little bit is a Godsend.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $69,840. Donors include: Larry and Arleigh Aldrich; Jay and Annetta Brown; John and Lydia Gillquist; Thomas and Denise Glenn; Thomas Goranson; Patricia Gorham; Louise A. Laggart; Jacqueline Levings and Steven Johnson; Errol and Suzanne Luginbill; Rosemary McMullen; James and Virginia Orange; Linda Peltzer; William and Mary Peltzer; Geney Reed; Larry and Colleen Schaar; Robert and Ann Schmeidler; Robert and Barbara Shick; Velda Vogt; Jean Wellshear; and nine 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 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, or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market, Wichita. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

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