Couple gives to Christmas Happiness on grandmother’s birthday

  • Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:57 a.m.

Today is Catherine Kimball’s birthday. The Salisbury native turns 93, and to mark her birthday, her family donated to the Christmas Happiness Fund in her honor.

Kimball’s granddaughter, Michelle Powers, her husband, Jamie, their daughters, Avery, 11, Blakely, 3, and 16-month-old Catherine, donated $93 to the fund.


The fund provides Christmas presents for children who live in low-income households. The program is sponsored by the Salisbury Post, which accepts donations.

The Rowan County Department of Social Services distributes vouchers to eligible families.

Three years ago, Michelle donated $90 in honor of Kimball’s 90th birthday.

“I think it’s a great cause, and you use the money for good,” Michelle said.

Michelle said her grandmother is a great person with a great heart who is very active and resourceful.

If someone needs to know about a particular subject, Kimball has an answer.

“If I mention something to her, the next time I see her she’s found it,” Michelle said.

Kimball will pull out a dictionary or clip articles from the local paper.

“She’s always learning,” Michelle said.

Kimball taught her granddaughter about hard work, she said.

The 93-year-old worked at Duke Energy until she retired. Kimball used to hand-write customer’s bills before the system became electronic.

She and her late husband, John Thomas Kimball, would go on mystery dinner trips with a Duke Energy retiree group.

Bring contributions to the Salisbury Post, 131 W. Innes St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or mail them to The Salisbury Post Christmas Happiness Fund, P.O. Box 4639, Salisbury, NC 28145-4639.

Make checks payable to the Christmas Happiness Fund and indicate how you wish your donations to be listed.

Monday’s contributions:
In honor of Catherine Kimball and her 93rd birthday by Jamie, Michelle, Avery, Blakely and Catherine $93

In honor of our neighbors on Millbridge Road, Hazel and Bill Cline and Bill and Jeanette Corriher and our church, all have helped us with our daily needs-Thanks for every day we experience the Christmas Spirit by Corena and Bobby Garver $200

In honor of all Veterans and active duty military presently serving by AMVETS POST 565 $50

In memory of Howard Barbour, Bill Hardister, Bill Bostian, Ellis Fisher, John Miller, Steward Cuthrell, CL Eagle, Jr., Mack Wood and Gene Queen by Salisbury Bassmasters $250

In honor of our Sunday School Teachers at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bill Goodman and Debbie Miller by Arthur Shipton Class $50

In honor of Carl Stutts and Tessa Lesley by Blanche Stutts $100

In honor of Tom, Colleen and Hannah by Don Conner $100

In memory of Sambo by Cami $20

In honor of HoHo and PaPa by Amanda $25

In honor of Norde and Kay Wilson $100

In memory of Jackie Easter, Wade Gentry and Annie Laxton by Jerry and Nancy Laxton $150

In honor of Rosanna Laxton by Jerry and Nancy Laxton $50

In memory of Haywood and Louse Basinger and JC and Etta Eagle by Carl and Dottie Eagle $100

Sharing our many blessings $50

Eagle Heights Meet N Eat $85
In honor of Grayson, Juanita, Lulu, Dugan, Lucky and Lady by Nan Zimmerman $25

In memory of my father, Larry W. Hill by Stacy Gardner $50

In honor of Emery, James, Charlie and Hal $100

In honor of our Sunday School teachers, Denise Fink, Lou Huyck, Fawn Sallee and Janie Wise by Faith Bible Class of Enon Baptist Church $50

In honor of Jimmy, Tracy and TAJ Salon by Pennie and Dick Martin $100

In memory of Dermot and Katharyn Weaver, Ned, Ilene and Mark Norris by Eric, Kathy, Erin, Jonathan, Kristen, Zack and Tyson $100

In honor of P. Mowery and the “Lunch Bunch” ’55 by Sandra Young $15

In honor of The Lampert’s and Robinson’s by The Young’s $20

In honor of Al Hoffman and Alice Purcell by Every Man’s Bible Class $300

The Y Walkers and Talkers, Betsy, Ginny, Jan, Kay, Linda, Mary, Nita and Pat $135

In memory of Chris Jones by Sheila Brownlow and Deal Safrit $25

In memory of deceased classmates by Boyden High School Class of ’59 $220

With love for Corbin and Evan by Debbie and Summie Carter $100

In memory of Judy Bringle by her daughter, Jennifer Bringle Hardy $50

In memory of Great Aunt Mae by Garrett $25

In memory of Paw Paw Murph by Michael and Melissa $25

In memory of Uncle Ken by Michael and Melissa $25

In memory of Leonard Straub a loving husband, grandpa and great grandpa by Doris Straub $25

In memory of Sonny Lambert by Mom and the 4D’s $25

In honor of Kathy Anthony by Rosa and Jean $25

Today’s total $2,863
Running Total $28,506.01

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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