Members of Eclectic Readers donate to Christmas Happiness

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Back in the day, a group of young mothers began meeting over a brown bag lunch to chit chat about the latest books they’d read. Now many of the women, who total 12, are grandmothers and mothers who meet for lunch dates.
The women, who once were the Brown Bag Readers, are now the Eclectic Readers. The group collected money to donate to this year’s Christmas Happiness Fund. President Julie Pinkston said the women have donated money for years and this time each gave $10 to the fund, which benefits children at Christmas.
Christmas Happiness 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 voucher to buy Christmas presents for each child who qualifies.
“We just want to help children have a happy Christmas,” Pinkston said.
The women meet once a month to discuss the latest book they are all reading together over a lunch meal.
Pinkston taught for 31 years in the Rowan-Salisbury School System and two years prior to that in Florida. Pinkston taught multimedia programs, English, journalism and accounting.
“I have a real soft spot in my heart for children,” Pinkston said.
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:
Eagle Heights Meet N Eat Friends
In honor of Tom, Lauren, Colleen, Shawn, Hannah and Camron by Don Conner…………………………$100
In honor of Our Teachers by Hannah and Anne Claire $150
Eclectic Readers a.k.a. Brown Bag Readers………………………………$120
Christian Reid Book Club……..$100
In honor of Alice Purcell and Al Hoffman by Everyman’s Bible Class First Presbyterian Church …………………………………………..$300
In loving memory of Chuck Taylor, Anita Taylor Stone and Kathryn Edmond $100
In loving memory of Lillie Edwards $100
In honor of S.S. Teachers of Blessed Assurance SS Class of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church by Blessed Assurance S.S. Class of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church $100
In memory of Helen Little and Blanche Hefner Mill by Charlie and Phyllis Little $100
In honor of Bob and Peggy Wilson $50
In memory of Mark and Welma McKnight and Claude and Ruth Benson by M.D. and MaryAnn McKnight $200
In memory of Ruby Yarbrough by Phyllis and Jake Trexler.$25
In memory of my mother, Judy Long Bringle by Jennifer Bringle Handy $50
In memory of Edith Thompson by Georgette and Conan Thompson $100
In honor of Katherine Lyerly, a blessing and inspiration to us, by Group #1 of the LCW of Christiana Lutheran Church $60
In memory of Alice Jean Lyerly by Bettie and Jim Lyerly $50
In memory of Don Evers by Mary Evers, Rhonda and Mike $30
Anonymous $100
In honor of HoHo and PaPa by Amanda $30
In honor of County Commissioners for another year of tragi-comic entertainment by Ellis Smith $50
In memory of my best friend, Rena Basinger by Paulette Deal $25
Fred and Alice Stanback $1,000
In memory of Todd Kimball by Libby and Lee Holman $25
In honor of Catherine Kimball by Libby and Lee Holman $25
In honor of Ann Carscaddon $100
The Y Walkers and Talkers: Betsy, Ginny, Jan, Kay, Linda, Mary, Nita and Pat $150

Total $3,345
Running Total $25,296