The members of the Rowan Red Cap Hatters have been giving to the Christmas Happiness for about two years and just wanted to give to a local charitable organization, said member Gloria Rabon.
Rabon said this chapter of the Red Hat Society was formed six or more years ago.
“We just wanted to help out the children in Rowan County. We are a bunch of women who get together once a month,” she said.
The Red Hat Society is a social group initially targeted at women aged 50 and older, but universally chapters accept women of all ages. The group’s primary purpose is social interaction.
Rabon said they simply discussed where they wanted their money to go and they collectively chose the Christmas Happiness Fund.
“We decided that would be the best thing to do for our community,” she 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.
In memory of Callie and Calvin Eagle, Lloyd and Ginnie McClamrock and Bud McClamrock by Alice M. McClamrock $100
In loving memory of my Mother and Dad, Paul and Mary Snider and my Santa, husband “Bob” Cauble by Carol Cauble $25
In memory of Frankie Gobble and Grady Howard, long time friends and in honor of Christmas Card Friends in lieu of Christmas Cards $50
In honor and appreciation of the Milford Hills UMC Stephen Ministers $250
In memory of Waller and Mary Bohon $50
In memory of co-workers at R. W. Norman and other friends, E. E. Lampert, Sr., Ilene Wise, Irene Ritchie, Tripp Lampert, Kathleen Gray, West Spain, Ann Myers, Don Barger, Blanche Lampert, Norman Beaver, Rosemary Spain, and Maxine Carlton by Pat Beaver, “Potica”, and Swicy $30
In loving memory of David L. Huffman by Kyle Huffman, Jennifer, Jimmy, Katie, Kenzie and Chase Shoaf $100
In memory of our grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William L. Huffman and Mr. and Mrs. Dawson Weatherman by Kyle Huffman and Jennifer Shoaf $50
In memory of Margaret Allison and in honor of John Allison by Lee Ann and Jim Christy $50
In honor of Allison, Jack, Jackson, and Eve Egbert by Lee Ann and Jim Christy $50
Brown Bag Readers $140
In honor of John Calvin Church Choir $50
Rowan Red Cap Hatters-Marla Lowry-Queen, Gloria Rabon, Betty Zimmerman, D. Spry, Laverne Thompson, Julia Thompson, Lena Sellers, Gerri Butler, Minnie Grabowski, Martha Hopkins, Bertie Moore, Debbie Tackett, Elizabeth Simpson $81
In honor of Dorothy and Gene Atkinson and in memory of our parents by Ott and Julia Pinkston $50
In memory of Diane Faggart, Danny Cooper and Doris Roberts by Hurley Retirees Lunch Bunch $220
In memory of Kenneth “Scott” Fink and in honor of Korben, Kassie and Angie by Santa $25
In memory of Gan-Dan and Texie Trexler by Kathryn, Bo and Lillie $25
In memory of Gan-Dan and Mom-Mom Rusher by Kathryn, Bo and Lillie $25
In honor of the administration and staff at Salisbury High School $100
In honor of the administration and staff at Knox Middle School $100
In honor of “Those who I didn’t thank” by E $50
In loving memory of West and Rosemary Spain, Doris Langlais and Tami Duke by Charlie, Patsy and Charles Langlais $100
In honor of the 12,188 Veterans living in Rowan County and to the staff of the VA Hospital who care for them by Rodney and Millie Cress $100
In memory of Cecil Mulkey by Terry and Sheila $100
In memory of Victor Farrah, Sonny Epting, Gene Auten, Charlie Deadwyler, Jerry Barger, Don Bills and Jack Owen by Wink’s Coffee Bunch who have been meeting for 28 years $120
In honor of Kathryn, David, Christopher, and Tanner by Gran and Granddaddy $100
In memory of James Thompson by Jimmy and Linda Thompson $25
In memory of Dwight Martin by Jimmy and Linda Thompson $25
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Goodson by Mrs. Fran Holland Black $30
In honor of Benny and Bea Hinson and Karen Huff by Mrs. Frank Holland Black $30
In honor of our children by Bob and Ann Loeblein $50
In memory of Vicki Buchaman by Lauret Aplha Phi $50
Running Total $30,004.06