SALISBURY — A group of preschool children from First United Methodist Church excitedly walked the few blocks to the Salisbury Post to deliver the fruits of their Penny Harvest fundraiser.
The 11 children, snug in their winter gear and some with Santa hats, delivered donations to the Christmas Happiness Fund.
The children are part of the classes for ages 3 through 5. They brought in pennies and other change beginning in November to donate to the program.
The fund was begun in 1952 when the late Spencer Murphy, then editor of the Post, urged Rowan County residents to donate to causes for local children for the holidays. 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.
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:
Franklin Community Watch, $73
In honor of Stitchin’ Post Gifts, $100
In memory of all our loved ones who are spending Christmas in heaven by Hanna Lingle Women’s Group of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, $100
In honor of Margarete Crysel by Kenneth Crysel, $200
In honor of Milford Knoll neighbors, $50
In memory of Joseph Riley and Jim Davidson by Barbara Davidson Riley, $50
In honor of all veterans and in memory of Harry C. Troutman Jr. by Nancy Troutman, $50
In memory of George Brown by Naomi Brown, $100
Lane and Claudette Brown, $100
In memory of our parents, Harold Kenerly and Ed and Mozelle Cline, and in honor of our grands, Will, Paige, Hal, Bert, Maye and Viv, by Bill and Toni Kenerly, $100
In memory of my mother, Helen Melton, and my son, Tim Harris, by Shirley Harris, $20
In memory of Hall Steele and in honor of the Rev. Stacy Steck and family, $200
Providence United Methodist Church Men’s Club, $100
In honor of Allison, Jack, Eva and Jackson Egbert by Lee Ann and Jim Christy, $100
In memory of Margaret Allison, John Allison, Evelyn and Earl Christy by Lee Ann and Jim Christy, $100
The Carson family, $1,000
In loving memory of Doris Langlais, West and Rosemary Spain, and Tami Duke by Charlie, Patsy and Charles, $100
Sharing the joy of Christmas with the children of Rowan County by First United Methodist Preschool, $160
In honor of Sunday school class teachers by Blessed Assurance SS Class, $100
In loving memory of Frank Andrews, Joe Ivan Sims, Hester and Joe L. Sims by their families, $100
In memory of Papa and Grandma Helms, Papa Sedberry and Mimi by Vickie and Charles Butler, $50
In memory of JP Helms by Vicki and Charles Butler, $50
In memory of Libby Helms Hoffmire by Vicki and Charles Butler, $50
In honor of Melissa and Steve Butler 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 Gordon and Carolyn Hurley by Vicki and Charles Butler, $25
Today’s total: $3,203
Running total: $12,583
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.