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.
This single mother has been working hard for years to support her daughter. But a car wreck in October and health problems – not to mention time off from work – had her playing catchup.
"I just want to be able to get back on track to be self-sufficient again," she wrote in her Share the Season application.
Share the Season helped her get there.
"They helped me with all my bills," she said. "It made it a little more easy for me to manage my money and not fall further behind."
Now she doesn’t have to worry about the electricity being shut off or losing the heat in the house, she said. Plus, it means there’s a little more money to spend on quality time with her daughter.
"I feel really grateful, they were so generous," she said. "I’m glad I was able to find help when I needed it.
"It was definitely a blessing."
Share the Season is a joint project of The Eagle, the Wichita Community Foundation and the Salvation Army.
So far this season, it has raised $45,796.
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. If you have questions about donating, call 316-264-4880.
People can apply for assistance during the holiday season at www.sharetheseason.org and at the Salvation Army headquarters, 350 N. Market. If you have questions about applying, call 316-263-2769 or visit www.sharetheseason.org. The application deadline is Dec. 15.
Among recent donors:
Adam S. Jones Agency, Inc.; James and Patricia Armstrong; Boucher Insurance Agency, Inc.; Sandra Branscum; Margot Breckbill; anonymous in honor of Ken Brokaw; Garret and Kris Burkhardt; Victoria Cavender; Arthur and Sherida Claassen, Coleman Materials, L.L.C; Ronald Coleman; John and Phyllis Connelly; Paul and Sandra Cook; Rodney and Velva Ellenz; Susan Ellis;
Laney Flattery in honor of Shaun Heiberg; John and Lydia Gillquist; Norma Grotz; Joan Harris in memory of Pam Slaughter and Robert L. Harris; Karen and George Haynes; Lonnie Hossfeld; James and Christine House; Donna Bridges, in memory of J.D. Ingrim; Lyle and Ramona Jensen; Dean Krug; D. Craig and Deborah Levering, in memory of Doris Pennick; Brett Lewis; Errol and Suzanne Luginbill;
Don and Linda McGinty; Janis Meredith; Merlin Enterprises, Inc. dba Johnson Automotive; Leo and Virginia Merriman, in memory of Vince Henning; Belden Mills; Kenneth and Carol Pitetti, in memory of James Pitetti; Jason and Rachel Purdy; Peter and Rebecca Reynolds; Douglas and Brenda Roth; Gerry Sibley; Jean Wellshear; Fred and Betty Wilken; Barbara Wright; and 11 anonymous donors.