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.
This family of four has always been the givers. Whether it was purchasing a new toy to put in the drop-box at Walmart or putting spare change in the Salvation Army bucket outside grocery stores, they’ve always been the ones to donate.
The family tried “to spread what had been given to us as best we could,” the 39-year-old mother of two said. “We are just the keepers of what God chooses to bless us with at the time.”
But all that changed when her 49-year-old husband lost his job in July 2011. He looked for work for several months, with no luck. They filed for bankruptcy. Now, the family is just within their budget with the husband’s unemployment payments. But come February, when the unemployment benefits run out, this family will need another option.
“It is a scary thought to not have even that little bit of income since we depend on every penny we are getting to pay the basic bills we have,” the woman said. “However, we believe that God hasn’t brought us this far to drop us now.”
The husband is doing what he can to find a good paying job. He was able to get his high school diploma in November, then started as a full-time college student. Inspired by her husband, the woman also enrolled in online classes.
“The time is just right, so I did it,” she said. “My girls are teenagers now and although they don’t like the fact that they don’t see much of me, they understand. They see the effort we are putting into our education. I pray that they do the same.”
With a little help from a large family for Christmas and some assistance from Share the Season, this family is hoping their temporary problem will be solved.
“We always give with a grateful heart but it isn’t as easy to ask for help,” the mother said. “I know that when we are back on our feet, I will continue to donate to the programs I always have with a renewed sense of urgency for those who are struggling.”
So far, Share the Season has raised $102,365.
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 with 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: Anonymous, in honor of grand and great grandchildren; anonymous, in memory of Gordon Sibley; Don Arnold; D.L. and Arlie Benson; Sara Bond, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Judy Carlson, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Thanh Danh Duc and Kim Dan Huynh Dinh;
Robert Emig; Ray and Eldena Griswold, in memory of Betty Janzen; W.M. and S.K. Herrington; Karen Houser; Richard and Deanna Houser; Rob and Karla Luallen, in memory of Ron & Don Luallen and Betty Dunlap; Tom and Darcel Luellen, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens;
Allen and Delores Mundy; Maria Novak; Elizabeth Peyser; Leta Sanders, in memory of Jim; Karen Sanders-West, in memory of Jim; Christina Sinfellow; Robert and Barbara Smith, in memory of Jim; and 11 anonymous donors.