Christmas Happiness Dec. 24, 2009
By Shavonne Potts
Don Rink knows the business of building houses. He has worked with Habitat for Humanity for a number of years. This week his wife, Sue, donated $100 to the Christmas Happiness Fund in honor of Don’s co-worker, David Rowh.
Rowh is the construction supervisior for Habitat for Humanity of Rowan County.
Because of the Rinks’ donations and others just like them, the Christmas Happiness Fund was able to help everyone who applied and was found eligible, said Social Services Director Sandra Wilkes.
Vouchers have been issued for 2,857 children.
“It is a great relief to know that help could be given to everyone who got their application in, completed as required, and who were within the income guidelines,” Wilkes said.
Sue Rink said Rowh does a great job in getting the houses built and directing the efforts of the many volunteers that have a diverse background, many who often have little or no construction experience.
“My husband tells me David’s very organized,” she said.
Organization is important with managing such huge projects, she added.
Her husband respects David’s work.
“He tells me all the time of what a good job he does,” Sue said.
The Rinks are Rowan County natives.
Don has worked with Habitat organizations in Concord and Our Town in Lake Norman.
“I think it’s wonderful how you get to help children. My kids are grown. It’s Christmas so you want to help anyone that you can. I sometimes think the giving part of it should be for children,” she said.
On Dec. 23, 2008, the contributions were at $70,641.17.
Yesterday’s total $48,603.61
In honor of our parents, Jerry & Janice Waller and Bill & Ann Baynard “We appreciate and love you” by Jeff & Tina Baynard .. …..$50
We thank you Lord for all of your wonderful Mercy and Grace and for blessing us with our soon to be baby boy. We already love you “Will” by Jeff & Tina Baynard …$50
In honor of our Teacher, Pastor Clarence Derrick by Brooks, Fisher-Cox, Peeler Sunday School Class, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury $257
In memory of Dimp & Myrtice Roberts by Ginny P. Mabey and Andy Parnell $150
In memory of Irvin Parnell Sr. by Ginny P. Mabey and Andy Parnell $75
In Loving memory of Blanche & Quiller Carter, Bud Chandler, Marie Mills, & Mabel Phifer …$100
Cherishing the memory of my husband John Joseph Maloney and of my brother Eugene Stephen Kelley by Patricia $20
In honor of Bill Cansler and Jay Kepley by Helping Hands Class Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church $50
In loving memory of our sons Larry & Rich Kluttz by Buddy & Martha Kluttz $100
In memory of Ruby Bame Knox, our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother by her family $200
In honor of David Rowh, the Construction Supervisor at Habitat for Humanity of Rowan County. David performs superbly in getting the houses built and directing the efforts of the many volunteers that have a very diverse background and often with little or no construction experience. By one of a number of regular week day construction volunteers that truly enjoys the volunteer experience with Mr Rowh. $100
In loving memory of my husband Ray Casey by Carolyn Casey …$25
In loving memory of my parents, Bob & Clelia Eakins Myers by Carolyn Casey $25
In loving memory of my sister Rosalie Myers Young and her son Windsor Young by Carolyn Casey $25
In memory of Anna Beam Hedrick by Anna Lois Knox $100
In memory of our son, Franz Merrell by Franklin & Dawn Merrell …$50
In memory of deceased members of Seasoned Saints by St. Peter’s Church Seasoned Saints $50
C Hall $50
In honor of Jimmy Parker by Hank $25
In memory of Margaret Johnson and Laurette Peoples by Shirley A. Johnson $25
In honor of our friends, “we gather together on Saturday evening at Faith Soda Shop” Bill & Madeline Johnson, Mary Powlas, Carl Haynes, and Mary & Cecil Fisher by Howard & Arlene Haynes …$25
In honor of Management and staff of Rouzer Motor Parts, Inc. by Brenda Andrew and Toni Welch .$100
In loving memory of Bill Welch by Brenda Andrew and Toni $100
Salem WELCA $150
In loving memory of our losses and in honor of our loved ones. “This has been such a difficult year for everyone, but YES, there is a Santa Clause” by Peggy & Boyd Moon $100
In honor of grandchildren Will, Cal, J.T., Heather, and Ashlynn by Jack and Linda Cauble $100
In honor of Christ and memory of parents Auirg & Elizabeth Smith and honor of children and grandchildren by Kay Evans $25
In memory of our sweet sister, Vicky Buchanan “We miss you” by Xi Delta Chi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi $50
In memory of “Daddy” by Steve Webster $25
In memory of my husband Paul D. Yelton by Carrie M. Yelton …$200
In memory of John A and Roanna H C. Hall by Leonard Hall $20
In memory of Sybil Joyner anonymous $50
In honor of Dorothy Parkinson, Brenda Seamon, Teachers by Margaret Weldon S.S Class …$40
In memory of Sidney Blume and Peggy Bringle and in honor of Family and Friends by Tom and Loretta Barber $50
In memory of Esther Brower by Beta Sigma Phi Lambda Master $25
In honor of Carolyn Henderson by Beta Sigma Phi Lambda Master $25
In memory of Elizabeth Lyerly a loved and greatly missed niece by Mary Rembert $25
In memory of loved ones by Ailene H. Safrit $20
In memory of Margaret and Sam Lloyd by Eddie Fuller III $100
In memory of Bernie, Eunice, Roger, & Annie by Shawn and Lori Van Wallendael $50
In honor of All Veterans-Past and Present, and Future by AMVETS POST 565 $50
In memory of Buck Hurley by The Leazers $50
In honor of my two great-grandchildren Lizzie and Jackson by Mary M. Hall $25
In recognition of “Faithful Friends” of Rowan County who care for all animals abused and lost by Overton Elementary Fourth Grade Students of D. Carpenter, N. Saunders, and Catawba College Intern, Stephanie Hill $106.39
In appreciation for the wonderful volunteers in my fourth grade class at Overton School Mae Keeter, Rachel Kay McCartney, Lori Goodnight, Kathy Rusher, and Kristen Stauffer by Dinah Carpenter $50
In loving memory of our parents Christine Saleeby and Joe Antosek, Sr. and in loving honor of our parents Margaret Antosek and Joe Saleeby $100
In loving honor of our grandchildren Alex, Nicholes, Maggie, Katie, and Mary Grace by Nana and Papa $200
Honoring all the dedicated co-workers of the chapter by Spencer Women of the Moose Chapter #1197 $50
In memory of Clay Thomas by Georgianna, Vance, Dawn, Van, & Blake $200
In memory of Robert (Bob) Julian “my beloved husband of 66 years” by Annie Rae Julian $50
In honor of my teachers at Knox Middle School by Shelby Holden $30
In honor of “all my guys” Gary, Ryan, Brandon and Colby by Mom $25
In honor of “all my wonderful students, teachers, and staff I had the privilege to work with at Faith Elementary and J.F. McKnight by Ginger Smith $25
In honor of God & our brave service men & women by Patrick & Linda Broadway $100
In memory of “canasta friends” Barbara, Jean, Meldred, and Edith by Evelyn Russell $25
In honor of JC & Eleanor Swicegood, and Earnest Griffin by Sheila, Claudia and Tommy Swicegood $200
In honor of Amy Dawn Morris by Lee and Mona $250
In honor of Al Boulus by Lee and Mona $250
In honor of Chris Whitton by Lee and Mona $250
In memory of Granny Rose by Sugar Foot $50
In memory of Lib McCullough and in honor of Lucille Moroff by anonymous $50
With love for all those who cherish the memory of Nancy Stoner Malone by Brenda & Kelaine ….$20
In loving memory of our Grandfather, Fred Josey by Brandon, Leigh, Dustin, Stephanie, Brittany, and Blake $25
In loving memory of Fred Josey by Billie, Debbie, and Peggy $25
In loving memory of my parents, James and Eva Kluttz and nephew Jody Peeler by Billie Josey $25
In honor of their children Mary Ann, Johnny, Margie, Jay, Cathy, Rita, and Betty by Joseph Kirk …$25
In memory of Mr Bill “Pop” Webb “we miss you” and in honor of Mrs. LaVerne “Meemaw” Webb, “we love you” by Lee, Betsy, Caroline, and Caylee Snow $50
In honor of Pastor Chris Williams by David and Betty Alexander $20
In honor of Dawn Haire and her assistants, for a great Christmas Play at Woodleaf Baptist Church by David & Betty Alexander $20
In honor of Jim & Gerry Hurley by David & Betty Alexander $20
In honor of Mimi, Scarlett, Hunter, Kim, Dennis, and Josh and in memory of Aunt Molly and Jeff by The Keith Kluttz Family $30
In memory of “Uncle Bill” Garvin by Curtis and Jean Waller $15
In honor of my 16 wonderful second graders: Kady, Ana, David, Elizabeth, Emmanuel, Ethan, Jacob, Jasper, Macayla, Kayla, Madaline, Madison, Mikel, Josue, Maria, and Kyondra by Mrs. Wiggins at Landis Elementary School $16
In memory of Dan Herlocker “my beloved husband” by Louise Herlocker $100
In honor of the management and employees of McKenzie Sports Products $100
In loving memory of son Randall Gore by Steve and Malynda Peeler $25
Thomas & Lisa Poteat $50
In honor of Brett, Wendy, Michael, Laura, and Hannah Roseman by Gwenn Roseman $100
In loving honor of my mommy and daddy by Brooke Morrison $20
In honor of Susan Dennis and Jane Johnson by Kevin Dennis …$50
In honor of my son-in-law Mitch Roresey- the adults in our family draw names for Christmas rather than buying gifts, we make a donation to a charity in that person’s honor. We enjoy sharing our blessings in this way, by Sharon Deal $50
Today’s Total $5979.39
Total so far $57,512.36