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 widow with two children, including a handicapped daughter, used to give donations to others. But she found herself on the other end of charitable giving after relocating to Kansas recently and taking a pay cut on a new job.
After reducing her expenses as much as she could, she still struggled to pay bills and was unable to buy Christmas presents for her children, so she turned to Share the Season.
“My kids are very understanding but know I won’t be able to provide much for either of them,” she wrote in her application to the program.
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Share the Season has assisted her with some of her bills to get her through a difficult time, she said.
“It sure has taken a load off my mind,” she said.
It was humbling to have to ask for help after being generous to others in the past, she said. Her goal is to repay the amount of money she received by this time next year so someone else can benefit.
“This is a program that’s very unique and I think it’s very much needed,” she said.
So far, Share the Season has raised more than $141,052.
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.
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.