By Shavonne Walker
SALISBURY — George and Blanche usually have dinner with a group of friends at least weekly or monthly.
The group of friends — John and Peggy, Harry and Pat, Mike and Ebbie, and Hoyt and Gwen — have been going to dinner together with George and Blanche for several years.
George and Blanche gave a donation to the Christmas Happiness Fund program in honor of their “dinner friends.”
“We want to help out what the fund goes for — the children,” George said.
He encourages others who have the ability to give to contribute, saying “I think it’s a good thing for them to do.”
The couple moved to Rowan County from Alabama, but George is native of Rutherford County.
He went into the Air Force and eventually lived in Florida and then later Alabama.
The couple have been married for 59 years.
The Christmas Happiness Fund is a Salisbury Post-sponsored program that gives those in the community the opportunity to give contributions to area families. The eligible families are given vouchers that can be used to buy clothing or toys for their children.
Each donation is noted in a Post article in memory or in honor of someone.
Rick and Lisa Painter also gave to the Christmas Happiness Fund in honor of friends.
The couple, who live in the Gables at Kepley Farm community, play cards at least once a month with their neighbors in the close-knit community.
The Painters have lived in the Gables for 10 years. They moved in a year after the development was started, welcoming its first families.
Rick and Lisa have been giving to the Christmas Happiness Fund for a number of years. Rick said they simply give to help those in need.
Bring contributions to the Salisbury Post, 131 W. Innes St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or mail them to The Salisbury Post Christmas Happiness Fund, P.O. Box 4639, Salisbury, NC 28145-4639.
Make checks payable to the Christmas Happiness Fund and indicate how you wish your donations to be listed.
Today’s contributions are:
In memory of Lois and Ed Brock and Claude and Mariene Smith by C.J. Smith $50
In honor of John and Peggy, Harry and Pat, Mike and Ebbie, and Hoyt and Gwen by George and Blanche $100
In honor of our teachers: Ronnie Miller and Gary Daniel by Eicie Earnhardt/Fred Shipton Sunday School Class $40
In honor of all our friends and neighbors in the Gables Community by Rick and Lisa Painter $100
In memory of those we have lost in our group and in honor of Patsy Barringer, Gerri Butler, Stephanie Fesperman, Minnie Grabowski, Dianne Hill, Martha Hopkins, Brenda Howard, Marla Lowery, Carolyn Meiselbanch, Bertie Moore, Gloria Rabon, Lena Sellers, Debbie Tackett, Levern Thompson and Betty Zimmerman by The Red Hatters $102
In memory of Papa and Grandma Helms, Papa Sedberry and Mimi by Vicki and Charles Butler $50
In memory of J.P. Helms by Vicki and Charles Butler $50
In honor of Sally Helms by Vicki and Charles Butler $25
In honor of Jimmy and Anne Wilson by Vicki and Charles Butler $25
In honor of Edith and Don Julian by Vicki and Charles Butler $25
In honor of Bob and Fran Tannehill by Vicki and Charles Butler $25
In honor of Peggy McDaniel by Vicki and Charles Butler $25
In honor of Carolyn and Gordon Hurley by Vickie and Charles Butler $25
In memory of Claude and Martha Trexler and Roy Weddington and in honor of Cora Weddington by Don and Gayle Weddington $100
In honor of Sue Frieze, Tonda Christian, Dianne Johnson, Luci Turner, and Gail Turner by Laura and Walter Hart $75
Rikki and Rebecca Spencer $100
In memory of our parents by Larry and Sandra McKenzie $400
In memory of all family members that have gone before us by Mike and Pat Johnson $100
In memory of Arnold F. Abernethy by Tim and Peggy Abernethy $50
In loving memory of my son, Jeff Shives, by Dad and Becky $50
In honor of Bill Cansler and Susan Morris by Helping Hands Class Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church $25
In memory of Bobby and Jo Ann Safely and Grover Ward by The Blue Bay Bunch on Monday Night $25
In memory of our parents: Harold Kenerly, Ed and Mozelle Cline and in honor of friends: Eddie Grissom and Jerry Rowland and in honor of Edith Kenerly Holshouser and Will, Paige, Hal, Bert, Maye and Viv by Bill and Toni Kenerly $100
In memory of Carolyn Burroughs by Georgianna, Vance and Van $25
In loving memory of Steven Lee Douglas by Racine Douglas $25
In memory of Nesbit Chunn by Hallie Hawkins Missionary Circle $25
In memory of Thomas LeRoy and Laura Neely, parents and Vernon Thomside, husband, and Anthony Neely, son by Phyllis Thomside $100
In memory of our son, Michael Leonard Daniel by Gary and Delores Daniel $25
In memory of Mary Alice and Leonard J. Rabon and in honor of Gloria and Kevin Rabon by Gloria Rabon $25
In memory of Clay Thomas by Georgianna, Vance and Van $200
In honor of our teachers, Delane Turman and our assistant teacher, Pastor Rick Thomas by the Patterson-Wessinger SS Class of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury $50
In loving memory of Betty Steele Morgan, our lifelong friend. We’ll never forget you by Trish and Dixie $50
In memory of Ruby and John Brown and Mary Starkey and in honor of Brad, Carrie, Eli, Brian and Anna by Judy and Frank $200
McGuffey Graduates Book Club $50
In memory of “Buck” and in honor of our grandchildren: Will and Neely and Miranda and Tyler and their parents: Mike and Trisha and Sara and Kent by C.W. Belk $200
In memory of Jimmy Hurley $100
Running Total $33,314.57
In memory of deceased members of BHS Class of 1955 Boyden Lunch Bunch Class of 1955 $400
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Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253