Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 24, 2013

Community Christmas Tree sign-ups grow to 428

By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — When Michele Colley arrived at the Herb Sims Youth Center on Saturday morning to prepare for day two of the Community Christmas Tree sign-ups, there was a line of people already waiting for her.

“That was at 9:30 a.m., and you know, that’s early for me,” Colley said with a smile Saturday afternoon. On Friday, volunteers signed up 194 children for party and by the end of the day on Saturday, volunteers had signed up an additional 234 children signed up to attend the party at the City Auditorium/Herb Sims Youth Center complex on Dec. 21, bringing the two-day total to 428 children ready for the party.

“I would say there were at least 30 people waiting when I arrived,” Colley said. “It has been steady like that all day long.”

As volunteers verified the age of the children, mothers and fathers searched for a list of the popular toys of the day. “I can’t say what the most popular toy that the boys wanted, but Carol (Bailey) reminded me that the favorite toy for a lot of the girls is Monster High,” Colley said.

Colley, Bailey, along with sign-up co-chair, Deloris French and Irene Farmer, Erika Colley, Rebecca Perry, and for the first time, a male sign-up volunteer, Ron Perry, worked to get the information that will enable the Community Christmas Tree shoppers to search for each child’s favorite toy.

“It’s been OK,” Ron Perry said of his experience signing up families for the party.

After a break for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the volunteers will be back at the Sims Youth Center on Friday, Dec. 6, from 3-6 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. The party starts this year at 12 noon on Saturday, Dec. 21.