Share the Season: Car repairs cause single mom to fall behind on 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.

It was car repairs that caused the single mother of two children to fall behind on her bills.

She had to get a new alternator and battery, she said, and the bill came to $400 for parts and labor. The bill caused her to fall behind in utilities.

“I don’t receive food stamps,” the mother said. “The majority of our money goes to food and gas.”

She worries her children don’t have enough to eat.

“I have two daughters that are very hungry when they leave school and look for a hot meal before bed,” she wrote on her application to Share the Season. “I try my best to make that happen for them.”

She also worries whether she will have enough gas money to get them to school and herself to work.

“I try to budget our money the best that I can. It is just never enough,” she wrote. “We don’t live beyond our means in any kind of way.”

After filling out an application, she was surprised when Share the Season called.

“Stuff like that don’t happen for me,” she said. “It is hard for me mind-wise. I am constantly thinking about what is going on next week and the week after next.”

Share the Season is a joint project of The Eagle, the Wichita Community Foundation and the Salvation Army. Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202. To donate online, go to