Boyden High class of ’59 makes Christmas Happiness donation in honor of one of their own
By Shavonne Walker
SALISBURY — Each Christmas, classmates from the 1959 class of Boyden High School collect money that is then donated to four area charities. One of the classmates, who asked to remain anonymous, sent a letter with a $480 contribution for the Post-sponsored Christmas Happiness Fund.
The 1959 class of Boyden High School meets each month for lunch and fellowship. The classmates stay in touch by sharing pictures and current happenings in their lives through email and Facebook.
Each Christmas, the classmates collect money from each other near and far for four different Rowan charities, the letter said.
In addition to receiving donations for the Salvation Army, Rowan Helping Ministries and Kiser Hospice House, the classmates have offered $480 for this year’s Christmas Happiness Fund in honor of Phyllis Beck.
The letter said Beck was the glue that held them together and kept up with everyone. Beck chooses the lunch site for the month and always goes the extra mile. The letter also said Beck puts forth the effort to make their time together special. It is our pleasure to honor her this Christmas with our gift of $480, the letter said.
The Christmas Happiness Fund has been ongoing since 1952 after an appeal from Post editor Spencer Murphy. He asked residents to dig into their wallets and purses to help some children have a happier Christmas. The donations rolled in and, to this day, have continued. Every eligible family receives a voucher for each child to purchase toys or clothing.
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, N.C. 28145-4639. Make checks payable to the Christmas Happiness Fund and indicate how you want your donation listed.
Today’s contributions are:
Sisters of Preceptor PSI $25
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.
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