Preschoolers donate from their harvest to Christmas Happiness Fund

Published 12:10 am Thursday, December 10, 2015

By Rebecca Rider

Preschool students at First Methodist Church are in the giving spirit this holiday season.

Throughout the month of November, preschoolers from First Methodist’s 2-year-old, 3-year-old and 4-year-old classes collect coins to donate to the Christmas Happiness Fund.

“We call it our penny harvest,” teacher Jodi Rocco said.

While they bring in pennies and change, the kids learn about giving to others, and how meaningful it can be to help another person. At the end of the month, the change is converted to a check and the 4-year-old class troops up to the Salisbury Post to drop it in the Christmas Happiness box. Teacher Patsy Langlais said the First Methodist Preschool has been doing this for more than 20 years. This year the kids collected $186.12.

“It’s going to help a lot of children,” Langlais said, “It’s going to make Christmas brighter.”

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.

Wednesday’s donations:

• In memory of my father, James E. Mikkelson, who always gave of his time and talents by his loving son, Dan …  $100
• In memory of all Veterans past present and future by Kennedy-Hall Post 106 … $100
• In honor of all the employees at Desco, Inc. in lieu of Christmas Cards by John and Carol Smith … $100
• In memory of all the people and children who deserve it by the Red Hat Cat Society … $110
• First United Methodist Preschool … $186.12
• In honor of my nieces and nephews by John Sloan … $125
• In memory of Gladys Van Poole by Becky Auten, Kevin, Kelly and Kim … $50
• Anonymous … $100
• In honor of Providence Methodist Church Men’s Club … $100
• In memory of Ruby Yarbrough by Phyllis and Jake Trexler … $25
• In memory of our deceased members by Circle 4 First United Church of Christ … $25
• Anonymous … $100
• In honor of our Sunday School Teachers, George Hill, Steve Sheriff, Linda Adams, Jesse McCartney, Cherathee Hager by Hedrick Friendship Class First United Methodist Church … $100
• In honor of mother Alda Davies by Robert and Sandra Cobb … $100
• In memory of Todd Kimball by Lee and Libby Holman … $25
• In honor of Allison, Jack, Jackson and Eva Egbert by Lee Ann and Jim Christy … $100
• In memory of A.C. and Ophenia Nancy by John Nance and Family … $100
• In honor of Kim Whitley, Brian Richardson and Suzanne Rimer and in memory of Bob Richardson by Phyllis Richardson … $100
• In honor of our children and grandchildren:  Bobby and Kathy Rusher, Kathryn, Bo, and Lillie:  Joey and Cindy Rusher; Joseph and Isabella:  Todd and Lori Rusher Pope: Rusher Alex, Caroline, and Hannah:  Kristia Rusher Chatham: Hugh Michael and Folger … $200
• In memory of our parents:  Claude H. and Ruth T. Trexler:  Worth H. and Lucy P. Rusher … $100
• In memory of a special Aunt.. Lillie Trexler Alexander and a special cousin, Gail Willmotte Ralston … $100
• In memory Todd J. Kimball by Catherine Kimball … $25
• In memory of Harry C. Troutman, Jr. by Nancy Troutman … $50
• In honor of my coworkers at Bayada Home Health and director Alicia Wyatt … $25
• In memory of my parents, Ott Sr. and Edna Pinkston by Dorothy Pinkston Atkinson … $50
• Honoring Ott and Julie Pinkston on their 50th Wedding Anniversary by Dorothy Pinkson Atkinson … $50
• In memory of Ray E. Hollowell by Libby Hollowell … $25
• In memory of Dr. Tom Thurston, II, Susie Thurston and Dick Thurston by Susan and Joe … $100
• In memory of my husband, Phil Herion, son Barry Herion and son in law, Allen Vallandingham by Betty Herion … $100
• In honor of Pastor Aldana Allen and Family by Providence United Methodist Women … $300
• For the kids, with love by Bobby and Pat Watson  $100.00
• In memory of Jerry Barger by Mrs. Claudette Barger … $20
• In memory of Mary Alice and Leonard Jr. Rabon by Gloria Rabon … $25
• Ken and Gloria Cartrett … $100
• In memory of Blanche Heffner and Helen Little by Phyllis and Charlie … $100
• In honor of great grandchildren, Skylar and Corbin by Grandma … $200
• In memory of Kermit Eshelman by The Golf 4 Some … $25
• In honor of Hunter, Harrison, Laney, Rachel and Regan Bell by MaMaw and PaPaw Bell … $25
• In memory of W.L. and Pauline Morgan by Ann and Gary Bell … $25
• In memory of M.H. and Mildred Bell by Gary and Ann Bell … $25
• In memory of Buck Hurley … $1,000
• Eric Vaessen  … $50
• Bethel Methodist Men … $300
• In honor of Marty J. Davidson, Amber N. Davidson, Brandon Davidson, Lanie Davidson, Macie Davidson, Sophie Davidson, Rex Todd Davidson, Jenny H. Davidson, Isabella Davidson and Emmalee Davidson by Barbara J. Riley … $30
• In honor of Barbara Davidson Riley, Toni Clark Davidson, Dennis Davidson, Bethany Davidson Hanby, Katie Davidson, Carrie Davidson, Sharon Davidson Hugenberg and Paul Hugenberg by Joesph Riley … $50
• In honor of Wilbert and Carolyn Lyerly and in memory of Clifford Ray and my parents, Wilbert and Pearl Kluttz Lyerly by Jean     $500
• In honor of Sammie and Wayne by John Whitfield … $25
Total  … $5,371.12
Running Total … $23,537.12