Share the Season: Car wreck, illness, set couple back on bill payments

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 rash of medical problems set the couple, who have a 13-year-old son, back on bill payments.

The mother was in a car wreck in September and still needs surgery. She was hit by an uninsured driver.

The father became ill for a month and had to miss work at an aviation company while going in and out of the hospital.

He has been trying to work overtime to catch up with bills, but that work has been scarce.

He applied to Share the Season and has been told his application was accepted. The help with bills will free up some money for the holidays, he said.

“It helps me out tremendously,” he said, “so I think I’ll be able to get Christmas presents.”

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

So far, it has raised more than $137,996.

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: Marvin and Connie Angleton, in memory of Betty McIntyre; Mike and Chris Archer, in honor of Pamela Clancy Ammar; Ted and Marcia Ayres, in honor of Dr. James and Beverly Rhatigan; Roger and M.L. Ball; Norma Jean Beck, in memory of Benjamin R. Beck; David and Lori Bowlin; Michael and Susan Brecht; Louise Brinegar, in memory of Wayne L. and Frances Powers Brinegar; Bruce G. Cochener Foundation; Timera Caro, in honor of Jim and Leda Purcell; Arthur and B.A. Chase; Claire and Robert Chesnut; Donald and Sally Chesser; Robert Emig; First Christian Church Missionary Fund; Freshman Learning Community of Newman University; David and Linda Garrison; J.P. and Judy Grisham, in memory of Patricia Dutton; Dana Hamant; Scott and Marjorie Helmke; Holy Savior Catholic Church; Richard and Deanna Houser; Jacob Knitig; Larry and Kimberlee Leopold; Robert and Barbara Loop, in memory of Mary Lou Heise; Charles and Louise Milburn, in memory of Pat McKinney; Max and Penny Moss, in honor of Tom and Myra Devlin; Joyce Oster, in honor of Jake and Michelle Hesse; Joyce Oster, in honor of Pam Ammar and Pam Winter; Joyce Oster, in honor of Rebecca Wold and Jill Docking; Joyce Oster, in honor of Christina and David Hesse; Joyce Oster, in honor of Gena and Steve Dillard and Greg and Janet Wright; Walter and Jo Anne Pfister, in memory of Daniel Pfister; Douglas and Brenda Roth; Fred and Carol Schwarz, in memory of Milt Sills; Gary and Carol Shaw; Randy and Alice Simon, in honor of Freddy and Norma Simon; James and Kerin Smith, in memory of Albert and Doris Henderson; James Sprowl; B.C. and Stephanie Stuber; Jerry and Denise Tarbell, in honor of Thelma Steincamp; Beverly Taylor, in memory of Lydia Nassif; Christine and Lee Widrig; anonymous in memory of James Jones; anonymous in memory of Richard Jerome; anonymous in memory of Gordon Sibley and Robert Finkbiner; and 23 other anonymous donors.

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