Throughout the year the men of VFW Post 3006 give financial contributions to a couple of organizations, mostly veterans organizations and those that benefit the community.
This year the group gave to the Christmas Happiness Fund.
“We didn’t give a huge amount, but we like to give something,” said Philip Birchall, president of the VFW Post.
Members of the Post, located on Brenner Avenue, the one with the helicopter in front, Birchall said, gave not only in honor of veterans but also responders who serve in uniform — police, EMS, medical responders.
He said the men hope “the contribution helps someone, as many as people as possible this year.”
Donations to the Christmas Happiness Fund come from people in the community who earmark their gift in memory or honor of someone. Donations are brought to the Salisbury Post during business hours. The money is then given to the Salvation Army of Rowan County to distribute to eligible families.
Donations given for today were:
In honor of Primary Purpose Group by Daisy Hedrick Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church $50
In honor of our new principal Fateama Fulmore, by North Rowan High Y.C. I. Club $29.50
In honor of our family and friends in lieu of cards by Tom and Loretta Barber $50
In honor of all active duty and Veterans and first Responders by VFW Post 3006 Men’s Auxiliary $100
In honor of John Kendrick by Sue DeCuzzi $100
Merry Christmas Dr. Steelman by Angela and Artie $30
Merry Christmas from The Hinson’s $50
In memory of my wife Bettie Fesperman and in honor of grandchildren: Harley Gagnier, David Graham, Siera Fesperman, Ethen Fesperman by Harold Fesperman $100
In memory of Baby Chad by Maw Maw and Paw Paw $20
In honor of the people of Milford Hills United Methodist Church $100
In memory of my parents, Howard Partee and Mae Partee Deal; and in honor of my children Melissa Hoosier Drye, Michael Partee Hoosier and David Alan Hoosier and my eight grandchildren by Shirley Hoosier $25
In memory of our sister, Mickey by Bobbie and Phyl $50
In memory of David Goodman, Scott Rierson, Patrick Virtue and John O. Reynolds, III by Family and Friends $250
In loving memory of our uncle, Jeff Beaver, by Grant and Landon Watts $50
In honor of my nieces and nephews: Carolyn Cope Leonard, Candy Cope Medinger, Kathi Cope Isenhour, Traci Cope Hutchins, Bonnie Benson Shaw, Robin Benson Callahan, Karen Lyerly Keen, Lauri Lyerly Gasell, Paul L. Cope, Randy Benson, and Jay Lyerly by Uncle Joe $100
In memory of Earl Wesley, Malone “pop” and Great Grandmaw Brady…Helen Brady by The Herrings: Dan, Dawn, Chandler and Chace $25
In loving memory of Raymond and Susan Dennis, by Pete and Linda Drye and Shannon Hinson $25
In loving memory of Roy and Louise Drye, Shirley Payne, Linda Swink and Hoy and Bonnie Drye, by Pete and Linda Drye and Shannon Hinson $25
In memory of Charlie H. Smith by his family $300
In memory of my sister, Doris and son, Mike Whistnant, and my brother, Lee Lamb Jr., by Della Morgan $25
In memory of Chester Wall and Hayden and Glenna Lingle and in honor of Marie Wall, we are so thankful for the blessings of wonderful parents! by Glenn and Sue Wall $100
In memory of George Basinger from his wife, Betty $50
In loving memory of our dear friend and co-worker, Marie Drury by Pam and Daryl Honeycutt, Mary Lynn and Steve Misenheimer, and Joy and Alan King, Creative Teaching Aids $100
In memory of Gilbert and Donna and Phil Bernhardt and David Deese by Vernon and Cheryl Bernhardt $100
In honor of Brandmama and Pinky by Jule, Baxter, Izzy and Tux $25
In memory of Cecily and Ruth Bernhardt and Tom King, Sr. by Vernon and Cheryl Bernhardt $100
In honor of Nancy Linn by Sadie and Mr. Bunny $50
In memory of Sookie Bost, Jack and Rebecca Simpson, Roy and Beulah Linn by Nancy and Jimmy $50
In memory of my husband of 64 years, Robert E. Hartley by Ann Harley $100
In memory of Myrtice and Dimp Roberts by Andy Parnell and Ginny Parnell Mabey $150
In memory of Irvin Parnell, Sr., by Andy Parnell and Ginnly Parnell Mabey $75
In memory of Lady, Dugan, Lucky, Juanita, and LuLu by Nan Zimmerman $25
In loving memory of my husband, Grady Lloyd by Barbara $100
In loving memory of Lillie Edwards and in honor of Dru Edwards $100
In honor of Rachel, Roy, Norma, Sophia and Norman $100
In loving memory of Anita Taylor Stone, Chuck Taylor and Kathryn Edwards $100
In honor of Fern Albracht, Carol Bachl, Carolyn Biddix, Christy Cline, Pat Macon, Judy Gealy, Toni Iossi, Norma Lewis, Hilda Proctor, Betsy Rich, Beth Shafer and Betty Bonner Steele by Betty G. Bills $100
Delta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. $200
Running Total $51,833.56
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, N.C. 28145-4639.
Please make checks payable to Christmas Happiness Fund and indicate how you want your donation listed.
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.
Corrections from Dec. 20
In loving memory of Leslie Harkey Tucker and Lettie Carter Mabry by Linda and Terry Thomas $100
In memory of Maria Manuel, Shelby Bassinger, Mary K. Burris, H. C. Burris and Hazel Manuel and in honor of Red Manuel by Wib and Julie Manuel $500