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 59-year-old grandmother couldn't stand by when her daughter became so ill she could no longer maintain a job, so the grandmother asked her daughter to come home.
"I lived alone and I was divorced," the grandmother said. "All my kids were full grown and my daughter has this blood disorder where three days out of the week, she's in the hospital."
In January, the daughter moved from Texas with her four sons: 17, 10 and twin 2-year-olds.
"She was almost homeless," the grandmother said. "I prayed and said 'Just send them home to me.' And that's how it happened."
But the grandmother has struggled ever since to support all of the family.
"I am the only one that's working," she said. "It got to the point I could only pay a bill here and there and I was getting further behind."
She needs help paying her utilities. A bill to Westar is $425; Black Hills energy is $210; and her water bill is $121.
"Through prayer and faith I keep going," the grandmother said. "I tell everybody that I'm not ready to jump over the cliff yet. If Share the Season can help me with the utilities, I will do the best I can with everything else. I'm just glad there is a program out there for us working people."
So far, Share the Season has received $103,118. Among recent donors:
Kenneth and Tamara Breeden in memory of Benny Mevey; Wade and Donna Brodin; Chuck and Linda Burnett; H. William and Rebecca Collier; Kevin and Victoria Davis in memory of Peg, Peeber & Chester; Janice in honor of her family;
Terri A. Dondlinger; Mary E. Erickson in memory of T.J. Bush; James and Sara Farley; Linda Gieser; Brenda Golden; Donna F. Jacob; Richard Johnson; James and Colleen Johnston; Buddy Kassner;
Dean L. Krug; Myron and Marilyn Lee; Nance Lee in memory of Jack Lee; John P. Mannion; William and Sue Marsh; Cathy C. McClain; Stephen and Winnifred Millham; Adam and Linda Peltzer; William and Mary Peltzer; Walter and Jo Anne Pfister in memory of Dan Pfister; Thomas and Kathleen Pott; Robert Seekers-FUMC; Suzanne Shields; Robert Smith; Clint D. Stucky; John and Denise Wardyn; and 15 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.