Share the Season: Paying mortgage helps family after mom is laid off

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.

When the mother of this family of four was laid off more than a year ago, they were still able to pay the bills because the father was getting plenty of overtime.

But then that stopped and the bills began to pile up.

Share the Season was able to step in and make a mortgage payment on their house.

“The mortgage was what was keeping me up at night,” the 38-year-old mother said. “That was our biggest concern.”

She and her husband, 41, have two sons, 11 and 7.

The husband wrote in his application to Share the Season that he had planned to get a part-time job to help supplement his income. But he hurt his leg in November and was unable to take on a second job.

His wife has been unable to find a new job.

“We are trying not to lose our house,” he wrote. “I am praying it doesn’t have to go that far. We just want to keep a roof over our kids’ heads.”

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 $173,000.

Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202. To donate online, go to www.sharetheseason.org.

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

To apply for help, fill out an application at www.sharetheseason.org 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 recent donors: Anonymous, in memory of Addie Jean Kirkland Hamric; anonymous, in memory of Jim Irwin; Ted and Marcia Ayres, in honor of Paul Davis and Jill Docking; Louise Brinegar, in memory of Wayne L. and Frances Powers Brinegar; Circle C, LP; Joan Cole; Ruby Collins; Ray and Marilyn Ehrhart; Envision; Robert and Gale Fleming; Justus Fugate, in honor of Dan and Sally Chesser and Cindy Kelly; Thomas and Carole Garretson; Faye and Ella Graves; Stanford and Linda Greer, in memory of George and Maurine Bond;

Cathryn Hay; Rick and Lori Hilts; William and Sandra Livingston; Joyce Markley, in honor of The Lunch Bunch; Mike McCandless; Robert and Kathy McCreary, in honor of Natalie Ann McCreary; Elizabeth Peyser; Lavonne and Elisabeth Porth; Jacob Reed; Gary and Kathryn Regier; Judith Roberts; Rolph Family Fund; Robert Schrag; Donald and Janet Setser; R.M. and Phyllis Smith; John and Barbara Swain; Timothy Swanson, in memory of Jay D. Swanson; Tony Blake Design; Mark Wiebe; Calvin and Ellen Wilbert; 13 anonymous donors.