Share the Season: Paying utility bills helps unemployed woman, disabled mother

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 woman cares for her disabled mother, but she has been running behind on paying bills.

Share the Season recently stepped in and paid her utility bills.

“We were in jeopardy of having all three shut off,” the woman said. “That was a big help.”

The household’s only source of income has been her 65-year-old mother’s disability payments and a small pension check, totaling about $1,200 per month.

Health problems forced the daughter to stop working more than a year ago, she said, although she was recently released by the doctor to go back to work.

“I’m looking for a job,” she said, “but nothing has come up yet. I’ll keep looking.”

Numerous bills have been turned over to collection agencies, the daughter wrote in her application to Share the Season.

Because she was out of work and didn’t have health insurance, her medical bills mounted. She has borrowed some money from family members.

“That has put a huge strain on family relationships,” she wrote.

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 more than $179,000.

Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202. 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 the donors so far: anonymous, in honor of Bob and Barbara Fizer; anonymous, in memory of Patricia Hilberg; anonymous, in memory of Charles and Nancy Garretson and Bob and Betty Jones; John and Ellen Bandy, Boucher Insurance Agency; Jan Duhnke; James and Joanne Flippin; Robert and Lois Guag; Robert George; Jack and Louise Hall; Steven and Janet Hamous; Richard Hite; Gerald and Margaret Holman; Aileen Hutchinson; Donald and Nancy Korber; Penny Kylar; John and Paula Lamprecht; Jamie Lane; Brett Lewis; Lee and Juretta Marshall; Marietta Mason; Donald and Pattie McCullough, in memory of Kenny Good; Glenda McNew; Don Nicholson, in memory of Evelyn and Lee Nicholson; Kenneth and Carol Pitetti, in honor of James Kent Pitetti; Doris Prahl, in memory of Robert E. Prahl; Glen and Judy Reed, in memory of Everett Pfeifer and Idina Scow; Peter and Rebecca Reynolds; D. Ellene Tompkins; Thomas and Deborah Tremain; Bradley and Joann Tuzicka; Marilyn Walsh; and 20 anonymous donors.