Share the Season: Woman raising grandson was laid off from good job

11/30/2013 12:00 AM

06/26/2014 12:33 PM

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.

This grandmother now has custody of her 3-year-old grandson.

She had a good-paying job but was laid off last year.

Since then, she has been able to find only jobs that have been temporary and low-paying.

Her electricity has been turned off.

The gas was turned off in May.

On her Share the Season application, she wrote: “We boil hot water for baths but with winter approaching, we are freezing at night.”

Each night, she wrote, she parks her car in a different location so it won’t get repossessed.

“PLEASE HELP US,” she wrote on the application. I have worked my whole life but am really struggling to take care of me and my grandson.”

Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202.

To donate online, go to

Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.

To apply for help, fill out an application at or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market. The application deadline is Dec. 16. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

Among recent donors:

Judy Naylor; Joe and Sarah Nold; Katie Oller; Louis and Florence Ortega, in memory of Rita Munoz; Shirley Overstreet, in memory of Larry Overstreet; George and Kimberly Palmer; Diana Peak, in memory of Homer L. Peak; Linda Peltzer; Larry and Donna Pierce; Kenneth and Carol Pitetti, in memory of James Pitetti; Edward M. Plopa & Associates, L.L.C; Ronald Porter;

Geney Reed; Glen and Judy Reed, in memory of Everett Pfeifer and Idina Bedel Scow; Charles and Vicki Rekoske; David and Linda Roberts; David and Rosemary Roskam; Charles and Nina Roush; Perry and Carol Sandlin; Donald and Janet Setser; Gary and Barbara Shepard; Suzanne Shields; Steve Sigley; Janet and Foster Smith Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation; George and Elizabeth Dell Stephens, in honor of George and Paul Stephens; Charles Squire; B. C. and S. R. Stuber, in memory of our lost loved ones; and John and Roberta Swinehart.

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