Share the Season: Medical costs pile up for working mom, disabled dad

11/29/2012 12:20 AM

11/29/2012 12:21 AM

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.

Medical expenses have left this family of five behind on bills and in need of help.

Problems started a number of years ago when the father had to take medical retirement from his work after sustaining a traumatic brain injury on the job. He is prevented from working outside of the home and recently had to have surgery on his nose.

One of the couple’s three children, a 11-year-old girl, has chronic asthma, which has led to pneumonia.

The mother has a full-time job that pays $12.45 per hour, but she has had take intermittent days off to care for her 11-year-old.

Taking that time off doesn’t put her at risk of losing her job, because she’s protected by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. But she hasn’t accrued enough sick leave or vacation time to get paid when she’s off to look after her daughter.

“I can’t express how much we appreciate any help,” the 39-year-old mother said.

The other children are a boy, 8, and a girl, 14.

The family’s most immediate concerns are $440 for a car payment, $200 for food and $100 for a water bill.

So far, Share the Season has raised $66,000.

Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202.

To donate online, go to www.sharetheseason.org. Or use your smart phone to scan the QR code near this story.

Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.

To apply for help, fill out an application at www.sharetheseason.org or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market. The application deadline is Dec. 13. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

Among recent donors: Adam S. Jones Agency Inc.; Harry Adams; Myrna Arensberg; Bill and Linda Arnold; Gregory Barbeau; William and Marlene Bayer, in memory of Tommy; Marilyn Blanding, in memory of Max Blanding; Debra Boss; Kelly Chandler; Barry and Judy Cross; Dion and Laney Curry; Ruby Dawson; David Dolinar; Ralph and Pat Engelken; Phillip Escareno; Henry Fager; Cyd Gilman; Jeff and Patricia Gorham; Van and Mary Ann Harrold; Darrel and Joyce Hart; Louis and Terry Heldman, in honor of Gay Dahlke; David and Marilyn Hitchcock, in memory of Annie Stevens; Jack and Nyla Hobbs; Merilyn Humphrey; Jonathan and Kristen Joyce; Louis Laggart; Barbara Leftwich, in memory of Annie Laurie Lewis Stevens; David and Melanie Marinsky; Lex and Judy McClean; Janis Meredith; Charles and Louise Milburn; Neil and Amanda O’Brien; Larry and Donna Pierce; Domenica Reetz, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Bob and Becky Richardson; Steve and Ann Roberts, in memory of Daniel and Margaret Roberts; Jill Sagehorn; Deryl and Anita Schuster; Warren and Mary Scott; Peggy Sellers; Douglas and Janet Ternes; Robert and Isabel Waller; Jean Wellshear; Dwain and Peggy Yearout, and 18 anonymous donors.

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