• 45°

Helen, Ralph Brown contribute to Christmas Happiness to help people in need

SALISBURY — Helen and Ralph Brown donate to The Post’s Christmas Happiness fund each year.

This year, they did so, donating $200, in honor of the people who support Helen’s Yard Sales for Cystic Fibrosis. They began contributing because it was a way to help others during Christmas time.

“I’m so pleased that the Post does this and I hope they can continue to do this,” Helen said.

Helen said she has been donating in honor of the yard sale supporters for the past three years.

“They work so hard,” Helen said. “And I appreciate them so much, so I’m just doing this in their honor.”

Helen said the amount is immaterial to the honor for the supporters.

The couple has two grandchildren who have cystic fibrosis. Helen started the yard sales more than 15 years ago to raise money for disease research. The sales have raised more than $300,000.

“It’s hard work for the people who help me and you know if we raise that much money there is a lot involved with it,” Helen said, noting they began as yard sales but she should probably change the name at some point.

Brown said she hopes people will contribute to the Christmas Happiness fund as they always have this year and increase their contributions, if possible, because there are people in need.

The Christmas Happiness Fund began in 1952 after then-Post Editor Spencer Murphy learned some area children would not receive gifts at Christmas. He asked the community to donate to them and the program has continued since that time.

The fund is sponsored by the Salisbury Post, which collects contributions. The Rowan Salvation Army distributes vouchers to eligible families.

Contributions 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.

Today’s contributions are as follows:

• In honor of Betty M. Brown for her service to Trinity Oaks by Nancy H. Arnold: $50
• In memory of my daughter and son-in-law, Wendi and Jeremy Hamilton of Panama City Beach, Florida by Phil Kirk of Raleigh: $100
• In memory of our parents, Mark and Wilma McKnight and Claude and Ruth Benson, by M.D. and Mary Ann McKnight: $200
• Lynn M. Bolick: $300
• Charles Buckley: $200
• In memory of Dewey and Julia Miller by Judy Miller: $25
• Charity League of Salisbury: $500
Total: $1,575.00
Running Total: $3,052.00

Comments

Crime

Randolph County deputies cleared in shooting death of Rockwell man

Crime

Blotter: Man faces drug charges after being reported as ‘suspicious’

News

Duke Energy, NC officials announce coal ash expense deal

Local

Police, firefighters parade for hospital staff

Coronavirus

Demand continues to exceed supply as county shifts to vaccine appointments

Local

‘Uncommonly good man:’ Local appraiser Scott Robinson dies after fall at home

News

Rowan Planning Board settles on screening requirements for solar farms

News

Transition to mass vaccination sites irks NC health systems

Crime

Mississippi sheriff: One dead after Salisbury children left in woods; father sought

Crime

Man faces misdemeanor child abuse charges

Crime

Two charged with breaking into building on South Main Street, drug possession

Coronavirus

Nina Oliver: County will move to appointments for vaccines

News

Political Notebook: North Carolina lawmakers say they look forward to working with Biden

Ask Us

Ask Us: How will county administer second doses of vaccine?

News

White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

Coronavirus

81 new COVID-19 cases reported Sunday as county hints at appointment model

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with shooting at police, robbing Goodwill in December

News

During early mornings and weekends, F&M Bank handled hundreds of Paycheck Protection Program loans

Coronavirus

Salisbury VA uses appointment model for COVID-19 vaccinations, tops 3,300 doses

Local

Response remains mixed as city continues gathering public input on downtown street plan

Education

Community offers support for, memories of Knox teacher Beaver

Business

Loan program for women, minority entrepreneurs expected to launch in spring

Entertainment

Symphony offers virtual performance of ‘Resounding Romance’ Feb. 12-14

Local

Pops at the Post scheduled for Sept. 11