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People & Places Dec. 23

Salisbury Elks Lodge stays busy
By Rich Penk
This has been a busy December for the Salisbury Elks Lodge.
First, the Elks had a Christmas Party at the VA Medical Center. All veterans at our event received a gift bag containing hats, gloves, scarfs, toiletries and edible goodies. The Hot Dog Shack came and donated hot dogs, chips, desserts and candy to all the veterans present.
Second, the Elks contacted the Family Crisis Council. Residents of the shelter were invited to the Elks Children’s Christmas Party where they played games, enjoyed lunch and received a present. We also purchased household products, gifts for the children residing at the shelter and inflatable mattresses with bedding to provide those moving on to new housing a bed to sleep on. This was all done with grants from our Grand Lodge.

Rowan Humanists donate to Family Crisis Center
At their December meeting, Rowan Humanists presented a check for $328 to Spencer Dixon, a representative of Family Crisis Center. This is the Humanists third year supporting the center and the funds were given “to help the Woman’s Shelter have a better Christmas this year,” said President Orland Carra. The check represented the balance of the group’s treasury for 2018.
Rowan Humanists meet the second Tuesday of each month at The Palms Restaurant at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Beacon Hall receives grant
The Beacon Hall Board of Directors announces it has been awarded its very first grant. The Foundation For The Carolinas has approved its request for funding to secure the front doors of the church that will be the site of future arts activities for the neighborhood and the community at large.
Principals Jody and Maggie Blackwell have purchased the historic Old Fashion Gospel Tabernacle church on Ridge Avenue in order to create a welcoming center in the neighborhood for its families. After-school music classes, music lessons for underprivileged children, and a reading center for pre-kindergarten children are some of their plans.
First, though, the building needs to be secure. Much work and materials have been done and donated, thanks to many businesses and individuals in the community. “This building’s going to come alive,” promises Jody Blackwell. “Stay tuned!”



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