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December 17, 2012

Share the Season: Army sergeant’s moving bills caused debts

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.

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 Army sergeant says his life spiraled downward this past year.

“Last year, around Christmas we were evicted,” the 53-year-old sergeant said. “They sold the property underneath us and we went from being military housing to privatized property.”

And then, the Army moved him from New York to Kansas.

The man said he acquired debts in moving and is still trying to pay for his out-of-pocket expenses.

In moving, he accepted a pay cut.

Some of his family stayed in New York, and some moved with him.

“I am paying out two households. That is how I got into debt,” he said.

Share the Season is helping the family catch up on past bills.

“It is a big relief. That’s a couple bills less I have to worry about,” he said. “It alleviates the pressure.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $138,953.

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.

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