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.
For three years, this Wichita woman has battled pseudotumor cerebri.
It causes swelling in the skull, which in turn causes an abnormal fluid pressure to build up resulting in headaches and loss of vision.
"I am not able to work," the 46-year-old woman said. "It causes me terrible pain and sometimes weeks in bed."
She's fallen behind on some of her bills and has received disconnect letters from her utility companies.
"My family has no money to help me as they are not in good health either," she wrote on her application to Share the Season.
Her daughter also suffers the same symptoms.
"I am trying to help her and at the same time trying to keep myself from having to have these surgeries," she wrote.
Share the Season, she said, might give her a chance to get caught up on her bills and take out some of the stress in her life.
Share the Season can assist with a variety of payments, including mortgage, utilities and medical bills. It does not offer assistance for rent payments.
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.
So far, Share the Season has received $106,198.18 in donations. Donors include:
10 anonymous donors; Jamil and Carolyn Bakri; Calvin and Barbara Borror; Jack and Jaye Ann Buehler; David H. Clark; Norma J. Clem; Patsy L. Davis in memory of Charles E. Davis; Robyn Davis; Bill and Debby Lucas; John and Julie Dombo; Nancy Evans; James and Joanne Flippin; Paul and Bernadette Frank; J.P. and Judy Grisham in memory of Greg (Barney) Nicholson; Madeline M. Hynes; Joyce Marie Markley in honor of Barbara Rensner and Libby Merritt; June B. Griggs; Daniel and Katherine Maddux; Edward and Carol Nazar; Chris and Lana Shults; Mark and Wynetta Solomon; Wesley and Bettie Stancher; Weight Loss Group 0990; Kenton and Patricia Wirth; Melva Zimmerman in memory of Virgil and Aldena Zimmerman.