Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 10, 2012

Donations slow as Community Christmas Tree party gets closer


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Donations to the Community Christmas Tree continued at a slow pace Sunday with the big party now only 11 days away.

Contributions Sunday of $285 brought this year’s total-to-date to $23,992. The campaign is now $6,008 short of its goal. Help is still needed to ensure a happy Christmas for more than 788 children in the region who would otherwise go without this holiday season.

Volunteers with the Community Christmas Tree will begin shopping soon for hundreds of toys at the Bluefield Kmart that will be distributed at the Little Jimmie Party.

The Community Christmas Tree program has been sponsored by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph since 1917. The campaign is also known as the Little Jimmie program, a reference to an iconic drawing that has accompanied the campaign kickoff since its early days.

The Little Jimmie party will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the city auditorium on Stadium Drive in Bluefield.

As in year’s past, plans call for giving each child registered for the program a red bag filled with two toys — selected especially for each individual child — food, treats, a book, toboggan, a pair of gloves and other goodies.

Help is still needed to meet this year’s campaign goal.

Those who would like to contribute to the Community Christmas Tree program can mail donations to: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, c/o Community Christmas Tree, P.O. Box 1599, Bluefield, WV, 24701; or drop them off at the Daily Telegraph office. Checks should be made payable to the Community Christmas Tree Fund.

Sunday’s contributions  

In honor of Ralph Clarkson   ....................................$25.00  

In loving memory of William J. and Hazel F. Proffitt ..................................$100.00   

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Martin and Mr. and Mrs .James "Bud" Pendrey    ....................................$35.00

Dart M. Cox...............$25.00  

In memory of W. Oswell and Frances Ellison by Kathleen Ellison Hight and Family  ..................................$100.00  

Today’s total..........$285.00

Previous total...$23,707.00

Total-to-date.....$23,992.00