Share the Season: Family has ‘exhausted every avenue’ available

11/30/2013 10:20 AM

11/30/2013 10:20 AM

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 couple used to help families in need. Now, they are in need. They haven’t fully recovered since both lost their jobs within a month of each other in 2009, then lost their son in a motorcycle accident in 2010.

The husband has been able to find work at half his former pay, and his wife has been unable to find work even through she went back to school to upgrade her education.

They are struggling to stay in their house, and in the past two months have had to spend money on vehicle and house repairs.

“We are behind on all bills and can not seem to catch up,” the wife wrote in her application to Share the Season. ”Our daughter and her two children live with us and there is just not enough money coming in to feed and house five people.”

Although the daughter has a job, they have had to go to food banks to help feed the family.

“I ask that you please help me and my family as we have exhausted every avenue I know,” the wife wrote.

So far, Share the Season has raised more than $57,000.

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:

Jerry and Denise Tarbell, in memory of Thelma Steincamp; Dora Timmerman; Robert and Elaine Todd; D. Ellene Tompkins; Don and Carmen Townsend; Frank and Dorsie Vasquez, in memory of Jerry Vasquez; Cynthia Vieyra, in memory of Nancy Vieyra; Robert and Isabel Waller; Scott and Ann Weidensaul; Michael and Gwendolyn Wilderson, in memory of Emma Wilderson; Peggy Willcut; Nadine Williams; Thomas and Alice Wooldridge;

Renee Young, in memory of Kevin Peschka; anonymous, in memory of all service men and women; anonymous, in memory of Edith Downs; anonymous, in memory of Fred Fox; anonymous, in memory of Mary Galyardt, Louise Hanna, and Lillian Vermillion; anonymous, in memory of Danelle Hesse; anonymous, in memory of Mattie Louise Hill;

Anonymous, in memory of Bradley Huslig; anonymous, in memory of James Jones; anonymous, in memory of Mary Lane and Jack Lane; anonymous, in memory of Don Phillippi; anonymous, in memory of Mary Kay Ridgeway; anonymous, in memory of Jack E. Swinson; anonymous, in honor of Glenda Vansant; anonymous, in memory of Matthew West Walker; anonymous, in memory of Eldor Wulf; and 77 other anonymous donors.

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