Share the Season: After job loss and injury, assistance ‘a tremendous blessing’

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.

Help arrived just in time for this 30-year-old single mom.

In the span of little more than a month this fall, her steady job as a data analyst went away when the Wichita company transferred the work to another city, and then, shortly after picking up a temporary job at a restaurant, she injured her back and could barely walk.

That was enough to put her behind on car payments and other bills. But recently Share the Season provided enough money to help her get caught up.

“More than enough,” said the mother of two, 12 and 6. “A huge help. Now maybe we can even have a little Christmas.”

Things were looking pretty bleak in mid-October when she was laid off from her full-time job. Then came the injury shortly after she landed the seasonal work.

“I’m better now,” she said of her back. “I’m able to work a day or two each week.”

She’s hopeful she’ll find a full-time job soon.

In the meantime, she said, Share the Season’s assistance “has been a tremendous blessing.”

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 $131,226.

Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202. To donate online, go to If you have questions about donating, call 316-264-4880.

Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.

To apply for help, fill out an application or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market. The application deadline is Dec. 20. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

Among recent donors:

George and Marilyn Pearson; Phyllis Peete, in honor of Austin Peete, Wendell Pete Jr., Ocean Peete and Wendell Peete; Linda Peltzer; Brad and Sheri Razook; Robert B. and Nancy J. Schwan Foundation; C. Richard and Pauletta Roberts; Judith Roberts, in memory of Lynn E. Roberts; Dee Rolph; Pamela Roney, in honor of Curt Riggs and Neil Riggs; David and Rosemary Roskam;

Roy and Delores Sailor; Kari Schmidt; Larry and Peg Schwarm; Jack and Pam Sims; Melvin Srader; Beverly Taylor, in honor of Lydia Nassif; Florentino and Enid Tuason, in honor of Nico and Faith; Doris Uhlig; anonymous, in memory of Tess Herndon; anonymous, in memory of Aldine Johnson-Overstake and Harold Johnson; anonymous, in memory of Pauline B. Smith; anonymous, in honor of Clifford Maze; anonymous, in honor of my family; and 27 other anonymous donors.