Single mom trying to catch up after losing job

12/07/2011 5:00 AM

12/08/2011 6:55 AM

MawShare 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.

This single mother lost her job in May, and fell behind on her bills.

She has since gotten a job as a para-educator for the Wichita school district, and she is working to catch up.

She said helping children on the job is one of the most rewarding pastimes.

“It’s a really good feeling to know that you’re helping someone, even if it’s something as simple as addition or showing them a trick for how to remember something.”

Although she teaches many lessons at school, she said the most important lessons are the ones taught at home. She believes good communication is key to success and hopes to teach that to her daughter.

She is currently attending college, scheduled to graduate in two years. She hopes to provide a better life for her child.

“I know it’s important for my child to see me returning to school and working a job,” she said. “I am putting more effort into living a positive life; I know I’ll eventually get some positive results.”

She is asking Share the Season for assistance with paying off her bills, so she can provide a Christmas for her daughter.

“I hope to have a peaceful Christmas where we can sit with hot apple cider and look to the future,” she said. “The future’s going to be great because we’re going to make it great.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $121,617. Among recent donors: Ted and Marcia Ayres, in honor of Don and Shirley Beggs; William and Marlene Bayer, in memory of Carla Johnson; Paul and Sharon Becker, in memory of Patty Glass; Tony Blake; Margot Breckbill; Wade and Donna Brodin; Dan and Mary Jo Caliendo; Wilma Christy; G. and Anita Daniels, in memory of Duke and Dottie Seeger; John and Julie Dombo; David and Tammy Doyel; Paul and Bernadette Frank; Lattner Family Foundation; Brenda Golden Schwab; Charles and Martha Hartwell; Mark Holmes; Don and Barbara Klish; Paul and Janet Malcolm; Shirley Martin; Balbir and Treva Mathur; Earl and Julie Pauly; Charlie and Winnie Prince; Glen and Judy Reed; David and Linda Roberts; Lewis and Colleen M. Rogers; David and Rosemary Roskam; Donald and Janet Sets-er; Richard and Kathy Shoffner; Steve Sigley; Jodi Slaton; Melvin and Joyce Srader; Frederick and Linda Stephen; James and Alice Sumner; Marnie and Geri Thaete; Reginald and Alicia Thompson; Florentino and Enid Tuason; Thomas and Alice Wooldridge; Loyd and Kay Zang: and 31 anonymous donations, including ones in memory of Chris Archer, Richard Jerome, Sherry Shipley Brosius, David Burnham and Eldor Wulf.

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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