Share the Season: Gift lifts burden of medical bills from family

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.

For the past year, the mother struggled after she had a miscarriage. Then, a week ago, she had a hysterectomy.

The medical bills for the family piled up.

“My ob-gyn found fibroids. I had endometriosis,” she said. “It was the cause of chronic pain.”

In her application to Share the Season, she described the bills as burdens.

“We had all kinds of bills coming in at the same time,” she said.

She heard about Share the Season on the radio and applied for help.

“The gift from Share the Season would be the greatest gift of all, it will help my burdens about my medical bills for my surgery. Thank you so much in advance,” she wrote.

Share the Season helped pay her medical bills and a car payment.

“I am so appreciative for the help,” she said.

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 $184,000.

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 Friday. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

Among the donors so far: Accel Construction, LLC; anonymous, in honor of her grandchildren; anonymous, in memory of Nick and Annie Stevens; Ronald and Eleisa Barber; Barbara Black-Roe; Lisa Crenshaw; Frederick and Wanda Eilts; Phillip Escareno; First Presbyterian Church – Dorcas Circle; Randy and Connie Kelly; Patrick and Betsy Latta; T. Steven and Delyn Mattingly; Steven Minson; Janet Pape; Gary and Kathryn Regier, in honor of Jack and Zoey Bowman; Wade and Karla Reichmann; Randall and Catherine Scheltgen; Sims Enterprises; Allen Thimmesch, in memory of Mary R. Thimmesch; Michael and Dara Valliere; Peggy Willcut; 17 anonymous donors.

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