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Share the Season: Father receives help with bills while facing fewer work hours

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 39-year-old father is going through a tough divorce.

He has custody of a 12-year-old daughter and pays support for his youngest son.

The company he works for has undergone some layoffs recently, and he is scheduled to work in a cycle of one week on and one week off through Jan. 19.

“I was anticipating a good Christmas this year in spite of the divorce, however the cutbacks at work have made the prospect look grim,” he wrote on his application to Share the Season. “I have done my best to put food on the table and keep a roof over our heads, but I am really struggling to keep our only car.”

He heard about Share the Season through some friends.

“I thought it was a bogus deal,” he told The Eagle. “I have never heard about any kind of program that if you are still working will help pay some bills. I need help every now and then. I was super-shocked when I got a call back.”

The organization helped pay his phone bill and make two car payments on his vehicle.

“It restores a little bit of faith in society for me,” he said.

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 www.sharetheseason.org.

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