Christmas Happiness: Brunswick stew sales raise money for holiday giving

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 9, 2015

By Shavonne Walker

Each year, members of the Andrew Jackson Masonic Lodge 576 sell their famous brunswick stew by the gallons, but at the conclusion of the massive undertaking the lodge raises enough money to support 15 local and regional charitable causes. The Christmas Happiness Fund has been a recipient of such donations for over a decade.

The lodge gave in memory of its brothers who have died and included a snippet of a special prayer for those who have “passed to that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens,” said treasurer Monte Bruce.

Bruce said funds from sale of the stew are distributed to local worthy organizations at the direction of the Lodge Master Todd Hildebran.

The group gives to the Rowan County United Way, the Arc of Rowan, Family Crisis Council of Rowan, the Boy Scouts, Rowan Helping Ministries, Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army, and a masonic scholarship fund, to name a few.

As to why they give to the Christmas Happiness Fund, Bruce said, “that’s what masonry is all about.”

The Salisbury Post collects the contributions while the Salvation Army of Rowan County distributes the donations to the Christmas Happiness Fund. Families who qualify receive a voucher for each eligible child. Contributions will be collected through Christmas Day.

Donations may be delivered to the Salisbury Post, 131 W. Innes St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Donations can also be mailed to the Salisbury Post Christmas Happiness Fund, P.O. Box 4639, Salisbury, N.C. 28145-4639. Make checks payable to the Christmas Happiness Fund and indicate how you want your donation listed.

Tuesday’s donations:
• In honor of our teachers at Overton, Knox and Salisbury High by Hannah and Anne Claire … $150
• In memory of S.P. John Mackey by Eureka Lodge #45 Salisbury … $100
• In memory of our brothers who have passed to that house not made with hands, Eternal in the Heavens by Andrew Jackson Masonic Lodge  … $150
• In loving memory of Peggy Lewis Glasco and Laura Shuping Hincemon by Boyden High School Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch  … $350
• In memory of Anne Fuller by Eagle Heights Meet N Eat Group … $130
• In memory of David Reavis, Karen Littleton, Tom Barnhardt, Brandon Littleton by Evelyn Reavis … $100
• In honor of Daryl and Phillip by Pennie and Dick … $100
• In memory of my husband, Allen Vallandingham by Patti Vallandingham … $25
• In memory of Ryan Olsen by Mike Olsen and Vickie Olsen … $100
• In memory of the best grandmother ever, Mama Burton and in honor of the best grandfather ever, Papa Burton by Drew and Bubba Morris … $50
• In honor of our leader, Al Hoffman and our teachers, Vic Bost, Rip Collins, Keith Garner, Randy Lassiter, Bob Lewis, and Danny Williams by Everyman’s Bible Class of First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury … $300
• In memory of Herman and Billie Ribelin, Ruth and Jess Rankin and Ruby Smith by Kyle and Claudine Ribelin … $50
Total … $1,605
Running Total … $18,156