Share the Season is an annual campaign that offers one-time aid to people affected by unforeseen hardships. The people are not identified to project their privacy.
Divorced mother of four, full-time employee, full-time college student. That’s a heavy load.
Now add her house being put into foreclosure earlier this year, and a $1,300 bill from a broken hot-water line under a slab foundation in October. Her youngest child requires additional help because of a brain injury.
“I try really hard to keep myself together,” she said. “But when something happens, it throws things out of kilter. I live paycheck to paycheck.”
She was able to overcome the foreclosure hurdle and keep her 60-year-old home, but that process was expensive.
The extra expenses have made it difficult to keep up. Not to mention trying to provide something special for her children — ages 16, 14, 10 and 11 — for Christmas.
She doesn’t receive any support from her ex-husband and there’s no extended-family help. Her job as an administrative assistant doesn’t pay much.
“Returning to school at this time in my life helps me show the importance of higher education to my kids,” the 43-year-old woman, who is studying to become a social worker, wrote in her application to Share the Season. “I believe in working hard and not asking for handouts. However, when I saw the Share the Season story in today’s paper, I thought that this may be an answer to my prayers.”
Share the Season has raised $73,700 so far. Among recent donors: Joe and Terri Brown, in memory of Jack Mauser; Kathy Butler, in memory of Christopher Wiedman; Mary Catlin; James and Esther Franklin; David and Linda Garrison; Wayne and Mary Gipson; Patti Gorham and Jeff Kennedy; Gerald and Margaret Holman; Judith Johnson, in memory of Marion Richey; Irene Kersey, in memory of Earl Kersey; Kent Koehler; Leslie and Becky Langley; Garry and Lutie Lobaugh; Melissa McAsey; Sean and Patricia McEnulty; Janet Pape; Earl and Julie Pauly; Donald and Janet Setser; Richard and Kathy Shoffner; Steve Sigley; Frederick and Linda Stephen; Loyd and Kay Zang: and 15 anonymous donors, including one in honor of Chris Archer.
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.