Woman finds help af­ter leav­ing abu­sive sit­u­a­tion

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - News - BY AN­NIE CALOVICH

she said.

The woman is one of hun­dreds who will ap­ply this year and re­ceive help from Share the Sea­son. Dona­tions to the pro­gram have helped cover some of her monthly bills.

“I usu­ally don’t ask for help,” she wrote on her ap­pli­ca­tion to Share the Sea­son. Ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing taken through noon Dec. 14.

“I have al­ways tried to do ev­ery­thing on my own. But … be­ing un­der so much emo­tional dis­tress I re­al­ized that I just need some help. My kids are my world and I just need a lit­tle help to get me back on the right track.”

That de­scrip­tion is just what Share the Sea­son tries to do for peo­ple who are work­ing but run into prob­lems that threaten to de­rail them.

“It was a very tough sit­u­a­tion,” this ap­pli­cant said.

Things now are “a lot less stress­ful. I have a lit­tle ex­tra money to pay a de­posit on an apart­ment, and get presents for my daugh­ter’s birth­day. I was re­ally wor­ried I wouldn’t be able to do any­thing for her.”

Share the Sea­son “helps a lot, es­pe­cially this time of year.”

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 $43,000. Among the donors: Joyce Markley, in honor of Lunch Bunch; Mark and Barbara Martin; Roger and Glo­ria Martin; Mr. and Mrs. Steve G. McGre­gor; Men­non­ite Foun­da­tion;

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