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 loss of a job and a progressive illness have left this couple struggling to pay bills.
Last year, the wife was let go from the teaching job she held for seven years due to budget cuts. She has been taking part-time jobs cleaning and babysitting.
Her husband has been disabled by multiple sclerosis and unable to work for two years. He has recently become eligible for Medicare.
They are trying to hang on to their house, but have gone through most of their savings, borrowed against their life insurance policies and taken loans from family.
A gift from Share the Season would help them maintain some of their dignity, the woman wrote in her application.
“I never would have thought this would happen to us in a million years! We have had to swallow a lot of our pride to ask family for help, but we continue to trust in the Lord and He continues to provide us with hope and strength,” she wrote. “We will be so thankful to you and your agency if you decide to help us out with these bills.”