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.
Five years ago, her husband died in an accident.
She'll mark Dec. 21 — the 37th anniversary of their wedding — alone.
The property tax for her home is due the same day.
This woman doesn't have $780 to pay the bill, so she asked Share the Season for assistance. She has never had to ask for help before.
"I know there is so many with a lot less," she wrote on her application. "I just don't want to lose my home."
Recently, things have been tough financially for this 54-year-old widow.
Her hours were cut at work, so she is looking for a part-time job to help make ends meet. She has helped out her daughter, who is also "going through a tough time."
"We should have planned better, but you never know what can happen on a Saturday afternoon," she wrote about her husband's death.
This is the last of this year's daily stories about the people Share the Season is helping, though donations will continue to be accepted.
And this woman wishes to say one more thing to Wichitans who donate:
"Thank you, because I appreciate it so much. I've never had to do anything like this in my life."
Share the Season has raised $170,595 so far. Among recent donors:
Anonymous in memory of Kelly and Ena Carter and Dora Byers; Steven and Cynthia Angle; Paul and Sharon Becker; Bruce G. Cochener Foundation; Bruce and Jacquelin Buehler; Ronald and Barbara Engelbrecht; Roland and Heidi Ensz; Jill Erickson in honor of B. Littleton; Jerry and Elvera Ewald;
Fiber Dynamics Inc.; Richard and Mary Flores; Peter and Diane Fox; Bernard and Marlene Friess in memory of Bernard Friess; Ron and Joni Garcia; Clifford and Carol Glover; Justin and Camille Healy; Gary and Debra Henning; Karen D. Hopper; Alfred and Joan Jaax; Sharon A. Johnson; Paulenia A. Jones; Mr. Justtess; Randy Kelly;
Roger and Judy Knight; Lattner Family Foundation Inc.; Jane Luellen in memory of Bill and Millie Lewis; Wes and Becky Machacek in memory of Jean Siebert; B.E. and Kay McDoniel in memory of Melissa McDoniel; Debra M. Osterman; Ronald D. Palmer; Joan E. Parker; Rodney and Angelita Quincy; Glen and Judy Reed; Judith L. Roberts in memory of Lynn E. Roberts; Shay Roberts;
Nancy Robinson; Jon Roe; Kurt and Victoria Sherry in memory of Joan Foth; Susanne Stark; Don and Carmen Townsend; Rosemarie Vogel; Velda Vogt; Kent Wilson; James and Karen Wohlwend; Renee Young; and 16 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.