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.
Five years ago, the 65-year-old piano man suffered a stroke, leaving him limited use of his right hand.
He lives on a small amount of disability and Social Security income. Four months ago, his car had problems. The cost of repairs left him unable to pay his bills on time.
“When you have a lot of things happen over the last three or four months, and you only have $700 to get by, even if a bill of $100 or $200 hits you more than once, it just causes a big problem,” the man said. “I was already a month behind on my mortgage payment and wasn’t sure how I was going to get caught up with that. I’ve been in this house for 10 years.”
He also fell behind on utilities.
A friend told him about Share the Season. He applied.
The organization helped him catch up on mortgage payments and paid his utilities.
“It definitely has been a blessing I was pretty desperately needing,” he said.
The help has changed the man’s thinking about helping others.
“I will never walk past one of those Salvation Army red kettles again without putting a little something in,” the man said. “I have always walked by, but no more. Even if all I put is a couple of quarters, I’ll do it.”
Share the Season is a joint project of The Eagle, the Salvation Army and the Wichita Community Foundation.
So far, it has raised more than $116,752.
Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202. If you have questions, call 316-264-4880.
To donate online, go to www.sharetheseason.org.
Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.
To apply for help, fill out an application at www.sharetheseason.org or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market. The application deadline is midnight Dec. 19. For more information, call 316-263-2769.