Steve Carson and his wife are proud parents of their three adult children — so much so they gave to the Christmas Happiness Fund in their honor.
The Carsons have lived in Salisbury for more than 20 years, and each year give to some sort of charitable organization. This year, they chose Christmas Happiness.
Carson read about the fund, and “we like to give to charities that help, particularly kids,” he said.
He said in years past, the couple have given to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.
“We’re just really proud of the adults our kids have turned out to be. We have one getting married this spring, one finishing college, and we have grandchildren. We’re blessed to have good kids and now such good adults,” Carson said.
The donations to the Christmas Happiness Fund come from people in the community who earmark their gift in memory or honor of someone. Donations are brought to the Salisbury Post during business hours. The money is then given to the Salvation Army of Rowan County to distribute to eligible families.
The following donations were given:
In honor of our terrific children-Meredith, Ashley & Bryant by The Carson Family $1,000
In memory of our deceased Club members of Salem Lutheran Church Keen Age by Keen Age Club Salem Lutheran Church $50
In honor of Bill Cansler and Susan Morris by Helping Hands Class Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church $50
Charity League of Salisbury $500
In honor of all Veterans at the Green Leaf Homes by Carlos and Joyce Parra $25
In honor of Blanche Stutts by Carl and Tessa $200
In memory of Ray and Irene McCombs $100
In honor of our Sunday School Teacher, Carol Cauble by Ladies Bible Class $25
In loving memory of my father-Walter Wise $100
In honor of our teachers, Ronnie Miller and Gary Daniel by Eicie Earnhardt/Fred Shipton Sunday School Class of Immanuel Lutheran Church $40
In memory of Michael Daniel and Boot Hatley $30
In memory of Grady Howard by Providence Methodist Mens Club $100
In memory of our Uncle and friend, Justin Monroe and our Paw-Paw and friend, Eddie Monroe by Caroline and Rob Monroe and Abbie and Corbin Smith $40
In memory of Phyllis Jones by Jim and Ruth Albright $25
In honor of June C. Watson and Mary M. Graham by David and Gail McBroom $50
In honor of our children and grandchildren by Brent and Ruby Watson $50
In memory of Judy Bringle by her daughter Jennifer Brindle Hardy $50
Andrew Jackson Masonic Lodge #576 $150
In memory of Harvey and Ethel Honbarrier by Pat and Howard Sexton, Cindy and Tim Hart $100
In honor of Rev. Josh Britton and Kim Bartley by Sunshine Class of Grace UMC $50
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Mark McKnight and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Benson by Mr. and Mrs. M.D. McKnight, Jr. $200
In memory of my brother, Pastor Gene Sides by Donald and Geraldine S. Holshouser $100
Molly Lyerly/Daisy Poplin Group of Union Lutheran Church $25
In honor of Joy of Christmas and Friendship by Gifts of Joy, Peace and Love $30
In memory of Norde Wilson, Ree and Willlie Goodman and in honor of Sam, Saylor, Sophie, Molly, Ella and Graham $100
In memory of two lovely ladies, Helen Hager and Margaret Jones by Gwen $100
In memory of Jim Kelly by Marjorie Kelly $50
In memory of Mrs. Hallie Hawkins by Friend of St. Luke Missionary Circle $25
In memory of parents, LeRoy and Laura Neely, husband, Vernon Thomside, son, Anthony Neely by Phyllis Thomside $100
A wish for true peach on earth $50
In memory of Pastor Gene Sides by Joe and Sue Clark $25
In honor of Bob Harkrader by Denny White $150
In memory of Giorgio Porcari, beloved father and in honor of foster children in NC by Sandy Parcari $25
In memory of Sonny and Dude Lambert, We miss you by Bobbie Lambert $50
In memory of my son Jody Peeler b y Jane K. Peeler $25
Running Total $24,483.06
Contributions to Christmas Happiness may be delivered to the Salisbury Post, 131 W. Innes St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or mailed to Salisbury Post Christmas Happiness Fund, P.O. Box 4639, Salisbury, N.C. 28145-4639. Please make checks payable to Christmas Happiness Fund and indicate how you want your donation listed.
Correction from Dec. 8
In honor of our Sunday School Teachers from First Methodist Church: George Hill, Steve Sherriff, Linda Adams and Carolyn Sadler by the Daisy Hedrick Sunday School Class $100
Correction from Dec. 5
In honor of Jenny Sparks by the Oasis Book Club $150
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.