Retired school teacher gives to Christmas Happiness in honor of “rowdy,” “gambling gals”
When Dinah Carpenter was a school teacher her students would collect money for the Christmas Happiness Fund and she’d match their donations. Carpenter retired two years ago, but has continued to give to the Fund. This year she gave in honor of her “rowdy,” “gambling gals.”
Carpenter estimates she’s been giving to the Fund for 20 years, but it all started with her fourth grade classes at Overton and Henderson when the school had kindergarten through fifth grade.
The children would give in honor of abused and lost animals, Carpenter said. If the students collected $65 then she’d match them and they’d turn in their donations to the Christmas Happiness Fund.
She misses teaching the children, but fills her time with “a group of gambling gals,” Carpenter said with a slight laugh.
“I play bridge,” Carpenter started to say, but then said she has fun with her partners in crime gambling.
The women get together for a game twice a month and occasionally get together for a meal at a local restaurant. She’s known the women since high school.
“I enjoy them a lot. I thought it would be a nice thing to give gifts at Christmas. I told them watch for your names and I’m going to give in honor of you,” Carpenter said.
“We are a close knit group. It’s fun and simple. We act rowdy and we gamble,” she said.
“I do think it’s a wonderful thing,” she said of the Christmas Happiness Fund.
The following contributions were given:
In memory of Joyce Knelp on her Birthday, December 17th by Debbie Eller $25
In honor of Barbara, Nancy, Mot, Yvonne for fun and laughter times together by Dinah Carpenter $50
In honor of our friends and neighbors in Milford Hills by Chuck and Liz Friedrich $250
In memory of Banks, Dick, and Earl and in honor of our fellow Winged Footers by Charles and Norman Goldman $25
In memory of my husband, Larry and sister, Cindy by Nancy Parish $50
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.
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.
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