First UMC preschool hand-delivers Christmas Happiness donations

The preschool class from Salisbury’s First United Methodist Church delivered money they collected for the Christmas Happiness Fund.
The preschool class from Salisbury’s First United Methodist Church delivered money they collected for the Christmas Happiness Fund.

When the children of First United Methodist Church preschool walked to the Salisbury Post Wednesday morning, they all noted how cold it was, but they also had smiles on their faces. The group of 14, who ranged in age from 2 to 5 years old, were eager to give the money that had been so earnestly collected so that other children will receive gifts on Christmas.

Each year, the teachers bundle-up the children and walk them down the street to hand-deliver their donations to the Christmas Happiness Fund. This year was no exception. The preschoolers spent months collecting pennies and other money to give to others.


Christmas Happiness contributions are collected at the Salisbury Post. The donations are listed in the paper each day. The Salvation Army of Rowan County distributes those contributions to area families in need. Families receive a voucher to buy Christmas presents for each child who qualifies.

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.

Today’s contributions are:

First Methodist Preschool $218.37

In honor of Jimmie and Tracy Webb and Taj Salon by Pennie and Dick Martin $100

In honor of Daryl and Phillip for all the do for our community by Pennie and Dick $150

In memory of Gordon Senter by Pennie and Dick $100

In memory of Charlie Eury by Rowan Red Hatters Red Hat Caps: Queen, Marla Lowery, Gloria Rabon, Betty Zimmerman, “D.” Spry, Laverne Thompson, Julia Thompson, Lena Sellers, Gerri Butler, Minnie Grabowski, Martha Hopkins, Bertie Moore, Debbie Tackett, Elizabeth Simpon $100

In memory of Haywood and Lousie Basinger and Carlie and Etta Eagle by Dottie and Carl Eagle $100

In loving memory of Banks, Dick and Earl and in honor of our fellow Winged Footers by Charles and Norma Goldman $25

In honor of Ruth Young and Gerry Hurley and in memory of Polly Hubbard and Jane Morton by Joel and Jayne $100

In memory of Wade Gentry, Nancy Gentry, Jackie Easter and Annie Laxton by Jerry and Nancy Laxton $200

In honor of all Veterans, past and present by Kennedy-Hall American Legion Post 106 $100

In memory of my son, Jody Peeler by Jane K. Peeler $25

For my many blessings by V.M. Wagner $25

Spencer Moose Lodge No. 2019 $100

In honor of Kat and Laura Ritchie $100

In memory of Ken Smoot by Betty Smoot $50

In honor of our Sunday School teachers by the Doyt Watson Sunday School Class $50

Anonymous $50

In memory of Mildred Casper and Pearl Lear by Myra Patterson $20

In memory of grandson, Jason Tyler and in honor of David, Elijah, Jake, Marisol and Andres, grandchildren by Bob and Beth Foreman $100

In honor of Lyerly Counseling Service Therapists and Staff by Parker Cristman $50

In memory of Mildred Merrell, our long-time teacher and mentor and in honor of our teachers: Dwight Miller, Elbert Kluttz and Steve Walton by The Mildred Merrell Sunday School Class $100

Circle #4 of First United Church of Christ $25

Rowan County Senior Democrats $50

Total $1,938.37

Running Total $28,834.37

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