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.
Although this Wichita couple’s only income is from disability payments, they have learned how to make ends meet.
“We keep things simple,” said the 55-year-old wife.
But the line is thin.
When her brother died last summer, the couple scrambled to pay the $850 for his cremation. She and her husband managed to pay it, but that set them back on their other bills.
Share the Season was able to provide help that allowed the couple to get caught up on a car payment and utilities.
“Oh, it was so much appreciated,” she said. “I didn’t know what we were to going to do. I was just going to write Share the Season a thank-you note.
“You don’t know how much this means to us.”
They are still behind a couple of months on their rent.
“We’ll figure out a way,” she said. “Getting this help on the other bills gives us a chance to get caught up on the rent.”
Share the Season is a joint project of The Eagle, the Wichita Community Foundation and the Salvation Army.
So far this season, it has raised more than $79,000.
Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202. To donate online, go to www.sharetheseason.org. If you have questions about donating, call 316-264-4880.
Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.
To apply for help, fill out an application atwww.sharetheseason.org or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market. The application deadline is Dec. 17. For more information, call 316-263-2769.
Among recent donors: Grace Adkins; Marvin and Connie Angleton, in memory of Mickey and Betty McIntyre; Timothy and Brooke Aziere; Brent and Karen Blackey, in memory of Robert Razook; Harold and Gwen Bohm; Jack and Jaye Ann Buehler, in memory of Robert Razook; Kevin and Cheryl Cardwell.
David Clark, in memory of Robert Razook; Bruce and Patricia Cole; John and Phyllis Connelly; Hugo and Neisha Dahlstrom, in memory of Robert Razook; Farris and Karen Farha, in memory of Robert Razook; Justus Fugate, in honor of Connie Claire; Justus Fugate, in honor of Annabelle; Wayne and Mary Gipson, in honor of Jeff and Gina Jennings.
Joan Harris; Jo and M. Hoyt Hillman; G.D. and Barbara Jost, in memory of Robert Razook; Leslie and Becky Langley; Mark and Suzanne Laycock; D. Craig and Deborah Levering, in memory of Doris Hukle and Robert Levering; Hazel Linder, in memory of Jim Linder; Garry and Lutie Lobaugh.
Brenda Malone, in memory of Robert Razook; Elmer and Janet Matzek; Mary McCool; Carl and Sandra Nickles, in memory of Versea Smith and Hattie Matthews; Larry and Donna Pierce; Al and Betty Pitts; Farris Razook, in memory of Robert Razook; Carmen Razook, in memory of Robert Razook; Vivian Razook, in memory of Robert Razook; David Robertson, in memory of Robert Razook; Dwane and Sandra Schrag; Bruce and Linda Schreck; Anthony and Christine Sementelli, in memory of Robert Razook.
Rodney Setchell; Gerry Sibley; Lawrence and Janice Simmons; Connie Smith, in memory of Robert Razook; Keith and Georgia Stevens, in memory of Keeney Stevens; Doug and Phyllis Stutzman, in memory of Robert Razook; Miles and E. Jean Tade, in honor of newlyweds Kenneth and Charlene Bellesine; Scott Taylor; Mr. and Mrs. George Totah, in memory of Robert Razook; Don and Carmen Townsend.
Timothy and JoAnn Turner; Carolyn Wohlgemuth, in memory of Robert Razook; Nancy York, in memory of Robert Razook, Mark and Lillian Youngers, in memory of Robert Razook; anonymous, in memory of Kenny Bradley and Nan Bradley; anonymous, in memory of Don Brummett; anonymous, in memory of Robert Razook; anonymous, in memory of Curtis B. Hamrie; anonymous, in memory of Bruce Hamilton and Paula Bragg; and 17 anonymous donors.