A gift in memory of husband ‘helps a lot of people in need’

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 30, 2013

Every year, Elizabeth Morgan donates to the Christmas Happiness Fund in memory of her late husband, Wiley Morgan.
She’s carrying on a tradition of giving the couple formed over their 55-year marriage, working for and giving to organizations including the Salvation Army, Rowan Helping Ministries, Relay for Life and Nazareth Children’s Home.
In addition to those organizations, Christmas Happiness has “done a good job over the years in helping people,” and she feels it’s appropriate to honor the memory of her husband, who passed away 10 years ago, by giving.
“I just feel that it helps a lot of people that are in need, and I just like to give in memory of him,” she said.
The Christmas Happiness fund helps Rowan County families who are in need to buy gifts for their children. The contributions are collected at the Salisbury Post and listed in the paper each day. The Salvation Army of Rowan County distributes those funds. Families receive a $30 voucher to buy Christmas gifts for each child who qualifies.
The Salvation Army is holding additional application days next week beginning Monday at its office, 620 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury. The first round of applications were processed earlier this fall through the Christmas Bureau, which handles requests for several agencies.
This new Christmas Happiness application period is for families who have been burned out of their homes or face some other emergency situation. The Salvation Army will take applications 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday.
Bring Christmas Happiness 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. Please write legibly to ensure that donations can be listed accurately.
Contributions Friday:

In honor of Edith Alcorn, Rodney Callaway, Anne Kennedy and Phyllis Little, Sunday School teachers of the Dearborn-Isenberg SS Class of 1st UCC $50
Anonymous $200
In memory of co-founders of Food Lion, brother Brown Ketner and Wilson Smith and the other 122 investors by Ralph W. Ketner $1,000
In honor of president Beth Newlans Campbell and employees of Food Lion, Happy Thanksgiving by Ralph W. Ketner $500
Southside Homemakers Club $25
In memory of Beryl and Richard by Jim and Anne $100
In honor of J.P. and Sally by Jim and Anne $25
In memory of Sonny and Dale Lambert and in honor of The Lambert Family by The Lambert Family $25
In memory of Wiley G. Morgan by Elizabeth Morgan $100
In memory of Dewey and Julia Miller by Judy Miller $20
In honor of William and Evan by Edwin and Melvene Koontz $200
Anonymous $100
In memory of our parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eatle Freeman and Mr. and Mrs. Clay Shoaf, Sr, by Clay and Judy Shoaf $20
In memory of our grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Shoaf, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Honbaier, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bost and Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Freeman by Clay and Judy Shoaf $20

Friday total $2,385

Running total $9,475