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.
The 39-year-old husband injured his neck at work.
His company put him on light-work duty and moved him from Oklahoma to Kansas – and then it let him go.
His 39-year-old wife has a part-time job.
They have three children. The move took a huge financial toll on the family.
“We are behind on our truck payments, which they are working with us on since we have never missed a payment, but they are now getting a little impatient,” the mother wrote on the application to Share the Season.
Until recently, the family was staying with relatives – a family of five staying with a family of five.
“We have been looking for a home for our family and found one that we could afford now that I have found a job, in Oaklawn, but it is hard to come up with the first month’s rent and deposit,” the mother wrote.
“We are just way behind on everything,” the father told The Eagle. “Share the Season helped us get the electric and gas turned on. We have our own place now. All our stuff is in storage in Oklahoma. I told the kids, having a place is their Christmas. When we get settled, I plan on paying back; I will give that and more.”
So far, Share the Season has raised more than $106,000.
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 Thursday. For more information, call 316-263-2769.