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Christmas Happiness: Helping children who donít have a lot brings joy to all those who give

By Mark Wineka
mwineka@salisburypost.com
SALISBURY ó Some people have made giving to Christmas Happiness a yearly ritual.
ěThatís what we take pleasure in, doing things for children who donít have,î Sandra McKenzie says. ě… We upped it a little bit more this year because there is so much need.î
Sandra and her husband, Larry, made a $400 donation to the Christmas Happiness Fund, which helps provide Christmas for needy children in Rowan County.
As they usually do, the McKenzies donated in memory of their late parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Williams and George and Ethel McKenzie.
Spencer residents Norman and Sarah Holshouser also give annually to Christmas Happiness, and they dedicated this yearís contribution in memory of Sarahís late parents, Whitney and Ida Mae Kluttz.
People might remember Whitney Kluttz, who died in 2000, as a Southern Railway man, who followed his railroading career with many years of work for Martin-Marietta.
The Holshousers made a $100 Christmas Happiness donation, and Sarah says the couple likes knowing the money will be going to someone locally.
ěWe just like to help the children,î she adds.
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 donation listed.
Contributions Friday:
In honor of Jayne Petrea by Jada Lyerly $36.15
Merry Christmas from Steve and Ardith Hinson $50
In memory of Imogene Perry by Fletcher Perry $100
In memory of my Dad, James Shuping and in honor of my 2-year-old grandson, Emmett Christopher Correll by Terri and Bob Correll $20
In honor of our grandchildren: Skylar and Alstin Fraley by Tim and Betty Lowman (Paw-Paw and Maw-Maw) $20
In memory of Lina Cherres and in honor of Lavon Dockham and Robert Chuck $50
Merry Christmas from Shining Star Club $100
In memory of son and brother Andrew Jackson Gardner by Mom, Dad, Adam, Lisa, Dewey and Wyatt ěMerry Christmasî $25
In memory of Bill Karriker by Debbie, Andy, Adam, Lisa, Dewey and Wyatt $25
In memory of Donald and Margaret Carter by The Carter Family $100
In memory of Col. Tommy Trexler by Frances Trexler $100
In honor of our grandchildren: Harley and David Graham and Siera and Ethen Fesperman by Bettie Fesperman $100
In memory of my mother, Agnes Mixer by Bettie Fesperman$25
In memory of our parents by Larry and Sandra McKenzie $400
In memory of Ida Mae and Whitney Kluttz by Norman and Sarah Holshouser $100
Jim and Nina $100
Nelson Hayden Sunday School Class of Second Presbyterian Church $100
In honor of Mildred, Barbara and Bette $50
In memory Donald Carter by The Staff of Summersett Funeral Home $100
In memory of my mother Nellie Safrit by Calvin Safrit $100
In memory of Avery and Elizabeth Smith who taught their children by the Bible, their lives to know Jesus Christ and in honor of Jesus, Christ our Lord and Savior by Kaye Smith Evans; Max and Frances $25
In honor of Pastor Raleigh Baker by Grace United Methodist Church New Creationís Class ..$50
In memory of Louise Raver$30
Merry Christmas to one and all by Allen Temple Presbyterian Church $50
Dayís total: $1,856.19
Running total: $23,810.16

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