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Share the Season

Providing help and hope to those in need

During the holiday season, one of the best ways to help people in need is through the Share the Season program. A 21-year program, Share the Season is a joint effort of The Salvation ArmyThe Wichita Eagle and the Wichita Community Foundation.

Thank you to all who donated to the program in 2019. Together, we raised a total of $202,000. A few quick facts about Share the Season (STS):

  • STS is a special program providing help and hope to those in need in Sedgwick County during the holiday season
  • Families who do not qualify for other indigent programs apply for assistance and are screened carefully by the Salvation Army personnel to verify needs
  • Recipients must have experienced a major event or situation within the past six months that has resulted in a need for financial help
  • Each family can receive one-time assistance for needs such as utilities, paying medical bills, etc.
  • Payments are made directly to vendors, such as the bank or utility company
  • Best way possible to get charitable donations directly to those in need
  • The Wichita Eagle donates ad space and runs daily stories on families in need
  • The Wichita Community Foundation handles all donations and issues receipts to all who contribute
  • STS works in the best possible way, reaching those in need and encouraging our community to be charitable
  • Program began in 2000, raising $72,069.59 and helping 100 families the first year
  • 3,700 families have been helped with $3.8 million in donated funds since inception

Applications for 2020 will open on November 1, 2020 and close on January 17, 2021 at noon.

Donations are accepted year-round. If you prefer to donate by check, please mail to Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Ste. 100, Wichita, KS 67202. 


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