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Church preschoolers give to Christmas Happiness

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Illustration by Mark Brincefield.

 

SALISBURY — Members of the preschool class of First United Methodist Church excitedly wore their Santa hats and reindeer glasses Wednesday to deliver their $441.08 Christmas Happiness contribution in person at the Salisbury Post offices.

It’s likely the largest amount the children have ever collected, said their teacher, Patsy Langlais.

Every year, the preschool students collect pennies and other change for the opportunity to hand-deliver their donation. The students brought in 69 pounds of change, Langlais said. They had an anonymous donation at the beginning of the year that set the donations in motion.

The class has 41 students, and 12 of them made the delivery.

The Christmas Happiness Fund assists families in need during the holidays so they can buy Christmas gifts for their children. The fund was started 67 years ago by a Salisbury Post editor as a way to help the less fortunate in the community. The Salisbury Post collects donations, and the Salvation Army distributes the money to local families.

Contributions to the Christmas Happiness Fund 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 and indicate how you want your donation listed.

Today’s donations are:

• In loving memory of Bill and Billy Cohen by Ruby, $200
• Merry Christmas to all of the children of Rowan County by FUMC Preschool, $441.08
• In loving memory of parents we have lost, our nephew, our beloved Spuds and other fur babies, other family and dear friends; we miss you so very much by Karen and James Wilkerson, $25
• In memory of Kenneth, Shirley and Susan Edwards by Matt and Pam Henley, $50
• Jean McCoy, $100
• Providence Methodist Church Men’s Club, $100
• In memory of Carl M. Benfield, Glenn R. Hartzoge, Mary B. Snowberger and Louise B. Hartzoge by Tim and Marsha, $75
• In honor of all supporters of “yard sales for cystic fibrosis” by Helen and Ralph Brown, $200
• In loving memory of Jane Benton Kale, Mr. and Mrs. Don Benton, and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Gaskey by Keith and Darlene Kale and Vickie Bean, $100
Today’s total: $1,291.08
Running Total: $7,681.33
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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