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.
Maybe it was only a coincidence. But shortly after this 44-year-old single mother applied for help from Share the Season, her fortunes began to change.
The state agreed to extend her unemployment benefits. Her 23-year-old son landed a job recently, and Share the Season paid off her overdue electric and water bills.
“I can’t believe it,” said the mother, who also has a 17-year-old daughter. “Everything is starting to fall into place. God always has your back.”
She has been out of work since June. Her son also lost his job, so he moved back home. She is separated from her husband, who is in prison in Iowa and hasn’t paid child support for several years.
“It pains me to have to ask for help,” the mother wrote in her application, “but at this point I don’t have anyone to turn to.”
But help has arrived.
“This is very much a blessing,” she told The Eagle.
So far, Share the Season has raised $131,413.
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 smartphone 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 Thursday, Dec. 13. For more information, call 316-263-2769.
Among recent donors: Anonymous, in honor of Coleman Scott, Phil Cunningham, and Joan Sowers; Jerry and Jan Aaron; Betty Brown; Bruce G. Cochener Foundation; Tom and Debra Burgess, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Mary Camien; Robert Benson and Noreen Carrocci; Sharon Carter; Mary Catlin; Ruby Collins; Lisa Crenshaw; Brian and Molly Crowe, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens;
Victoria Davis; David and Rebecca Deckard; Curtis and Kathleen Demuth; Thomas and Mary Draxler; William and Margaret Dye; Kris Eklund; Merle and Sally Glass, in memory of Logan Glass; Goddard United Methodist U.M.W.; Dennis and Ardis Hanson; Joy’s Service Center; Randy and Connie Kelly, in memory of Vernon Bateson; Grace Kennedy-Pratt, in memory of Bill Kennedy and Dave Pratt;
Daniel and Norene Kerschen; Brett and Deena Kreutzer; Will and Debby Lucas; Woxie and Linda Lyday; J.E. and Dorothy McArthur; Jared McGinley; Darrell and Kim Moore; Morgan Stanley; Douglas and Dawna Oconnor; Kenneth and Connie O’Reilly; Sarah Ottaway; Bill and Charlotte Otten; Wade and Karla Reichmann; James and Janis Riley; Judith Roberts, in memory of Mary Lou Brewer; Nancy Robinson, in memory of Max and Marjorie Robinson; David and Rosemary Roskam;
Lynda Schommer, in honor of Karrol Haines; Franklin and Donna Simon, in memory of Sandy Simon Hiner; Joan Snodgrass, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Edmond and Carolyn Spencer, in memory of Jean Schuler and Jack & Jerry Shipman; C.M. and Laurel Standley, in memory of Lisa O’Neal; Sarah Wencel; and 18 anonymous donors.