December 16, 2011

Parents seek help for growing family

Share 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.

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.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $182,029. Donors include: Steven and Cindy Angle; Jay and Sharon Bezdek; Charlesetta Brown; Martha Buford; Wayne and Joyce Davis; Ray and Marilyn Ehrhart; Virginia Fiacco, in memory of Paul Fiacco; Ronald and Judy Fiegel; Goddard United Methodist U.M.W.; John and Louise Hall; Jerry and Judy Harrison; Heartland Technology Solutions; Brett and Deena Kreutzer; Gary and Julie Langton; Mark and Suzanne Laycock; Timothy and Jill Lipke, in memory of Mark and Ryan Sageser; Ron and Carol Maddy; R. Keith and Ilene Miers, in honor of Dave Miers, Dee Fox, Charlie Fox, Lisa Klock and Jeff Klock; Gilbert and Sharon Nye; D.M. and Barbara Murphy; G. Keith Murray; Daryl and Elizabeth Roberts; Kurt and Victoria Sherry; Keith and Georgia Stevens; Dora Timmerman; Lee and Nancy Woodard; Rodney and Colleen Young; and 16 anonymous donations, including one in honor of Ruby and Everett Kadel’s 65th wedding anniversary and another in memory of Dennis Feeny.

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.

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