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 61-year-old father of two preteens has been unemployed for two years.
He was laid off, then later divorced.
"We aren't asking for any special needs or Christmas items," he said. "It's just the tires on my car are shot, and I need to keep the car running in order to go to interviews."
He said he has sent out more than 1,000 resumes, but the job market is very competitive right now.
Help from Share the Season, he said, might provide some hope.
Their home is under foreclosure.
"My youngest son has been diagnosed as potentially autistic," he wrote on his application to Share the Season. "My oldest son feels the social pressure of poverty."
Share the Season has received $55,040 so far. Among recent donors: Accel Construction; anonymous in memory of Matthew West Walker; Ernie & Kimberly Bonham; Elizabeth Carson; Cessna's US Government & Special Missions Team; Arthur & Sherida Claassen; Barbara S. Coats; Ruby L. Dawson; Bruce & Julie Deterding; Brian & Emily Docking; Robert & Deametrice Eyster in memory of James D. Merriman; Paul & Betty Ferril; James & Esther Franklin; Kathy Gamber in memory of Lois Robinson; Bryan M. Gates; Jeff Kennedy & Patricia Gorham; Pamela & Jarrett Johnson; Jacqueline & Steven Levings; Gale Lew; Daniel & Gloria Lies; Jennifer Light; William R. McKeighan; Laretta Means-Vandruff; Amanda Morales; Ronald & Janice Mueller; Marcella Mullen in memory of Rosa Lee Hodge; Joan M. Neitzke; Carl H. Nickles; Joe & Sarah Nold; Gilbert & Sharon Nye; Larry & Donna Pierce; David & Grace Pratt; Leroy & Cynthia Rheault; Lisa Schmidt in memory of Valerie Keeler; David & Laura Shriner; and 17 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.