She’s a waitress with an ankle injury left over from a 2002 car crash that makes working on her feet unbearable. He’s a self-employed roofer, remodeler and landscaper who works odd jobs to help make ends meet now that business is slow.
Like many devastated by recent layoffs and company-wide cutbacks, this Wichita woman, 28, and her 40-year-old fiance struggle to keep a roof over the heads of her 4-year-old son and his daughter, 11.
The couple’s new baby — a girl — is due Feb. 2. The mother prays she’ll bring her daughter home to a fully stocked nursery, but there’s no money to pay even the mortgage, now eight months delinquent.
“We’re about to lose our house, and we’re about to have a baby due,” the woman said, tearfully.
“I have my days where I feel like a terrible mom because I’ll be bringing her into a home with so much stress and no money.”
In March, a water main broke at their Wichita home, costing the couple about $3,000 to fix, the woman said. Her fiance’s parents both died this year, and she’s missed work after being hospitalized four times during her pregnancy.
Recently the woman’s hours and tips at a local restaurant were cut nearly in half. When fixing the necessities — like a broken bathroom faucet — became impossible, the couple asked Share the Season to help pay for the repair and other bills.
“I’m trying to do everything I can and make it through until tax season,” the woman said. “I just appreciate them (Share the Season) being out there.”