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 77-year-old man has always made a living to support himself and family.
But last year, his health started slipping away. A year ago in October, he had a seizure while driving that totaled his car and sent him to the hospital.
“I woke up in Wesley Hospital. I wasn’t hurt so they let me out,” the man told the Eagle.
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In March, he had cataract surgery. In July, he had surgery for a tumor that was pressing against his brain.
Now, there is a mountain of medical bills.
“To be very honest, I have never been in the type of financial situation I am right now,” he said.
On his Share the Season application, he wrote that he thought initially the tumor was affecting only his body, “not realizing it was affecting my mind also, and because of that I did not take care of business with my bills.”
He is hoping Share the Season can help.
“I have never been in the situation where I had to go and ask someone to help me. I am not good at asking people to help,” he said.
So far, Share the Season has raised $68,449.
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.
Among recent donors: Velma Barber, in memory of Jack Barber; Betty Bays; Jay and Sharon Bezdek; Gary and Nancy Conover; Lisa Crenshaw; Danville Properties, LLC; Lorrie Donham; Joel and Joyce (Chadwick) Eby, in memory of Alan Anderson and Janis Amerpahl; Anna Flynn, in memory of Mary Joyce Flynn; Marian Grubb;
Cathryn Hay, in memory of Ancle Lee Baylor; Lance and Pat Hayes; Stephen and Barbara Holmes; Richard Johnson; Richard and Roseanna Jones; Louise Josserand; Irene Kersey, in memory of Earl Kersey; Sue Kleinheksel; Laureate Lambda Chapter of Wichita Beta Sigma Phi; Steve Mason; Elmer and Janet Matzek; Vern Miller;
Douglas and Dawna O’Connor; Mari O’Neill; Lila Osborne; Betty Regier; Gerry Sibley; Melvin Srader, in memory of Joyce; Tom and Vicki Tanner; The Seekers – FUMC; Reginald and Alicia Thompson; Ronald and Kimberly Trignano; anonymous, in memory of Dwain and Rose Ann Reeves; anonymous, in honor of Ralph and Marie Holt; and 14 other anonymous donors.