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.
When this couple opened their mailbox and found foreclosure papers a few weeks ago, desperation drove them to seek financial help through Share the Season.
Earlier this year, the husband unexpectedly lost a lucrative job. Because he worked on a commission-only basis, there were no unemployment payments.
“As of that Friday we had no more paycheck. It was a hard hit,” the wife, in her 50s, told The Eagle.
By July, the husband, 60, had suffered his second stroke, days after the couple’s daughter was wed.
Bills piled up — both medical and living expenses — after the wife rushed her husband to the emergency room. Then the couple fell behind on their mortgage payments.
The husband and wife are both employed now. But their finances are still a mess, she said. The foreclosure papers came Dec. 3, even though the pair asked the bank to modify their loan in August.
“We don’t know what we are going to do. I mean, where are we going to go if we lose our house?” the wife said.
She added: “It takes a while to catch up when you don’t have a paycheck.”
Share the Season paid money toward the husband’s medical bills and for fuel used to heat the couple’s rural home. The wife said the money “gives you peace of mind for a little while.”
“It’s awesome. It’s awesome,” she said of Share the Season. “They pass no judgment on anyone. I’ve always told my kids never to look at someone and say, ‘What’s wrong with them?’ Because you never know when you’ll be in that situation.”
So far, Share the Season has raised $177,704.64.
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.
Among recent donors: seven Anonymous; Anonymous, in honor of John and Paddy Belt; Anonymous, in memory of Harry Abromeit; Steven and Cindy Angle; Ted and Marcia Ayres, in memory of Velma Lunt Wallace; John and Ellen Bandy; Thomas and Denice Dewaelsche; Diane Dixon; David and Janet Haines, in memory of Joe and Helen Haines; Robert and Kathy McCreary, in memory of Natalie “Tommy” McCreary; Jeff and Carrie Moore, in memory of Stephen Huber; Cheryl Roddy; Pamela Roney; Kenneth Spear; and Douglas and Sheryl Wohlford.