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 41-year-old father has been laid off from three jobs in two years.
"It's been a rough time," he said. "We are just barely surviving and looking for any help we can get."
In his application to Share-the-Season, he wrote: "It has been a roller coaster ride that I wouldn't put on anyone. ... I have been looking for help every where possible and no luck. I'm used to donating to the United Way. And, it has been hard on the other side of the fence."
The father said his family, which includes two children, is in need of medical and dental care but has not been able to afford it. He has been wearing the same contact lenses for months and does not own a pair of glasses, which make it difficult for him to drive.
Share the Season has received $40,488 so far. Among recent donors: Sharon and Rob Allison; Alfred and Louise Caro; Norma L. Ellis; Donald and Pattie McCullough in memory of Berle Wallsup and Ruth and Amos White; Phillis J. Neises; Darrel and Diane Rolph; Fred and Carol Schwarz in memory of Milt Sills; Gerry O. Sibley; Frank and Dorsie Vasquez; Linda Warrington; Nancy Zimmerman; and six anonymous donors.
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: Download an application at www.sharetheseason.org, or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market, Wichita, KS 67201. For more information, call 316-263-2769.