Rockwell couple gives to Christmas Happiness Fund in honor of longtime friends
For more than 20 years, friends Phyllis Freeze and Jeanie Eller worked alongside each other at First Union Bank. In fact, Eller was the first woman vice president of the bank.
In May, Jeanie Eller died at age 75. When Freeze and her husband, Joe, thought about making a donation to the Christmas Happiness Fund, they thought of Eller. The couple made a contribution this week in memory of Jeanie and in honor of Jeanie’s husband, Thomas Eller.
“They were really giving people. They always gave. I just wanted to honor them,” Phyllis Freeze said.
She said Tommy Eller is a generous man and a good person. The Freezes live in Rockwell and mostly give to charitable organizations at the end of the year through their church, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Gold Hill. This year marks the first time they have donated to the Christmas Happiness Fund.
The fund has been in place for 65 years after then-Salisbury Post editor Spencer Murphy saw the need in the community for children during the holidays. He asked the community to make donations toward helping children have a better Christmas, which is still being done today.
The Post collects donations that are turned over to the Salvation Army. The organization distributes vouchers that are used at a local business so parents can buy gifts for their children.
The Freezes will also give through their church, which sponsors a family at the holidays.
“We give toys, clothes and food to a family,” Phyllis Freeze said.
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, NC 28145-4639. Make checks payable to Christmas Happiness Fund and indicate how you want your donation listed.
Today’s contributions are:
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