Layoff leaves family with new baby struggling

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.

This man was laid off in August for the first time in his life, just a few months after he and his wife had a baby.

"After seven years of trying to have a child — we went through a lot to have him — he is our miracle child," the man said.

"I've been working since I've been 15 years old," the man said. He is 44 now and has worked in retail management for nearly 30 years. He left a stable job to take something that he thought would be ideal, but it turned out to be short-lived with the layoff.

The baby is 9 months old.

The man also has a stepson, who is 19 and looking for work.

"Unemployment is just enough to cover the basics, and it goes fast," the man said, adding that in the past he was one of the ones who would adopt a family at the holidays, and this is the first time he has asked for help for his family.

"We're still going, and I'm real thankful to them to help out," the man said of Share the Season.

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

To apply for help: Download an application at www.sharetheseason.org, or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market, Wichita, KS 67201. For more information, call 316-263-2769.