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Share the Season: Family struggles to pay bills after fall nearly disables man

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 30-year-old woman’s voice catches with emotion as she talks about what she calls a miracle that happened a month ago.

Her boyfriend works construction. He was installing an air-conditioning unit on a roof that had recently been tarred. His foot slipped and he fell 20 feet, hitting his head on a concrete parking block on the way down.

The fall broke his neck and bones in his wrist and fingers, she said.

“He was not paralyzed,” the woman said. “We are a very faithful family, and it was incredible – a miracle – he wasn’t.”

He spent 10 days in the trauma center of a hospital. He is unable to work as he heals.

The couple have an 8-year-old daughter.

“I am the only provider for our family for a long time, and I really need help,” she said.

She has applied to Share the Season and has received help in catching up on utilities and other bills.

But she is worried because Christmas is coming. For now, she says, she is grateful.

“It made Thanksgiving all the more important this year,” she said.

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 $128,656.

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 www.sharetheseason.org.

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

To apply for help, fill out an application at www.sharetheseason.org 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: Betty Bays; Margot Breckbill; Robert and Nola Brown; Kyle and Judy Buck; Elizabeth Carson; Mary Drake; Thomas Goranson; Bryan and Darcie Green; Darrel and Joyce Hart; Lance and Pat Hayes; Leo and Carolyn Holmes; J.E. and A. LaVonne Jordan; Lea Jordan; Barbara Keating; Charles and Patsy Kerley.

Leslie and Becky Langley; Geri Lynde; Donna Main; Steve Mason; Richard and Margaret Mayer; Myrle and Dora McCullough; Wendy Miller; Donald and Karen Prockish; Earl and Vivian Richman; David and Rosemary Roskam; Tom Scott; Elvina Sexton; James and Jane Taylor; Sara Williams; Thomas and Alice Wooldridge; and 11 anonymous donors.

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