Share the Season: Mom who was laid off gets help paying bills

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.

A unemployed single mother with two children has received some relief from Share the Season in getting caught up with her bills.

The campaign recently paid several bills for her.

“It helped us out a lot,” she said.

The 26-year-old Wichitan was laid off in August from her job with a specialty gift company after she had to miss work to care for her asthmatic daughter, she said.

The 6-year-old girl was hospitalized for more than a week a few months ago. After the child was released from the hospital, the mother said she needed to be with her daughter around the clock for a while.

Her daughter is doing much better now, she said.

“I’m searching for work,” she said. “I hope to go back to school part time.”

Share the Season is a joint project of The Eagle, the Salvation Army and the Wichita Community Foundation.

So far, it has raised more than $123,667.

Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202. If you have questions, call 316-264-4880.

To donate online, go to

Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.

To apply for help, fill out an application at or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market. The application deadline is midnight Dec. 19. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

Among recent donors: Jo Alexander; Ted and Marcia Ayres, in memory of Phil and Minnie Blake; James and Karen Billings; Scott and Nancy Boyd; Jack and JayeAnn Buehler; Gerald and Pat Cross; John and Linda Finn, in honor of Constance Barnes; Paul and Bernadette Frank; James and Esther Franklin; Wayne and Mary Gipson.

David and Janet Haines, in memory of Helen Haines and Jack Swinson; Stephen and Barbara Holmes; Paulenia Jones, in memory of Wilma Preisel and E.C. Jones; Irene Kersey, in memory of Earl Kersey; Dean Krug; Gary and Julie Langton, in memory of Ruberta Langton and Frances Warren; Danny and Cindy Leddy; Randy and Leslie Leroux; Jim and Gale Lew; Geoffrey and Linda Luerding.

Carol Sue Maloney, in honor of John and Thomas Poos; Gary and Deborah Martinez, in memory of Joe S. Martinez; Mary McCool; Darren and Terry Moore, in memory of Don Moore and Irene Brooks; Max and Penny Moss; Maria Novak; Carolyn Roper; Janice and Tom Scott, in memory of parents and grandparents; Senior Care Pharmacy; Gary and Barbara Shepard; Bradford and Patricia Sweet.

William and Imogene Vandolah; Claire Williams, in memory of Jack; Nadine Williams; anonymous, in honor of great- and grandchildren; anonymous, in memory of Stewart Coffin; anonymous, in memory of Granddad G; anonymous, in memory of Virginia Quigley; anonymous, in memory of Jack Swinson; anonymous, in memory of James S. Kinderknecht; and 14 other anonymous donors.