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Helping Handbags comes in big for Christmas Happiness fund

With many women and some men (for their wives) going shopping at last week’s Helping Handbags fundraiser at the Salisbury Post, $3,119 was raised for the Christmas Happiness Fund.
Anyone who purchased a bag, or two or four, helped provide presents for children who live in low-income households.
The Christmas Happiness Fund program is sponsored by the Salisbury Post, which accepts donations.
The Rowan County Department of Social Services distributes vouchers to eligible families.
“We had a great sale this year — the first day was awesome with over $1,400 in sales,” said Classified Advertising Manager Sharon Jackson, who spearheaded the fundraiser.
Jackson and many more volunteers sorted the purses, categorized them and managed the sale for a week.
Jackson said the momentum slowed a bit and by the end of the week, all of the handbags sold for $1 each. The purses that didn’t sell were donated to a local charity. Organizers are undecided on continuing this particular fundraiser next year.
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.
Wednesday’s contributions:
For the Children by Evergreen Bridge Club $100
In honor of Philip Kepley by a grateful customer $25
In memory of Our Parents by Larry and Sandra McKenzie $400
In memory of Mrs. Carrier Sechler and Mr. and Mrs. Marcus McKnight, Sr. $100
In memory of Ruby Yarbrough by Phyllis and Jake $25
In appreciation to help support the fine contributions you provide to the Rowan County community by Andrew Jackson Masonic Lodge #576 $125
In loving memory of Jody Peeler by Jane Peeler $25
In honor of all the hardworking and dedicated volunteers at Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary and all the loving dogs and cats waiting to be adopted in to their forever homes by Stitchin Post $25
In memory of the best Mama, Dot Burton, and in honor of the best Papa, Floyd Burton, with love for teaching us the true meaning of Christmas and setting the example for us, to always give to others by Drew and Bubba Morris $50
In honor of Kathryn, David, Christopher and Tanner by Gran and Granddaddy $100
In honor of our daughter, Ashley by Mary Blomer $100
In memory of W.L. and Pauline Morgan and M.H. and Mildred Bell by Gary and Ann Bell $25
In honor of our grandchildren, Hunter, Harrison, Laney, Rachel and Regan Bell by MaMaw and PaPaw Bell $25
In honor of our Sunday School Teachers by Peeler-Wood Sunday School Class of Wittenberg Lutheran Church $500
In honor of S.P. Vernie Clement, thanks for the work you do by Eureka Lodge #45 $50
In memory of Floyd and Elsie Parnell, Davey Lee Parnell, James and Ruth Hudson by John and Patsy Parnell $25
In loving memory of our parents, S.J. and Nellie Morgan and Clyde and Helen Campbell by Warren and Evelyn Morgan $100
In memory of Clay Thomas by Georgianna, Vance, Van and Blake $250
In honor of Jeff and Katie Owings by Dana and Jan Samuelson $200
Helping Handbags $3,119
Total $5,369
Running Total $35,770.01
Correction from Wednesday’s Post:
In memory Frances Lynne and in honor of Walter Tatum and in memory of Banks, Dick and Earl and in honor of our fellow Winged Footers by Charles and Norman Goldman $40
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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