Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 6, 2013

Community Christmas Tree campaign past half-way mark, still short of goal

BLUEFIELD — Nearly $1,000 in donations Thursday pushed the Community Christmas Tree campaign past the half-way mark of this year’s $30,000 fundraising goal, yet the drive is still more than $14,500 short of the funds needed to provide a merry Christmas to hundreds of local children in need.

Sponsored by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, and known to many as the Little Jimmie campaign, the Community Christmas Tree provides toys, treats, a book, toboggan, a pair of gloves and other goodies to children in need each year.

The $965 in donations Thursday brought this year’s campaign total to $15,353.

Event organizers expect to serve around 825 children at this year’s party on Saturday, Dec. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the city auditorium on Stadium Drive in Bluefield.

During the first round of registration for the Little Jimmie party, more than 428 children were signed up to receive gifts. A second round of sign-ups will be held today, from 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bluefield City Auditorium. Children — newborns to age 12 — can be signed up, but parents or legal guardians are required to bring the child’s health insurance or WIC card, or the child’s birth certificate.

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.

Thursday’s contributions:

Beginning balance: $14.388.00

In loving memory of Charles and Fay Brewer .......... $25.00    

Grace Virginia Bourne ...................................$100.00    

Robert Hufford...........$25.00    

In loving memory of Bill and Georgia Stanley and Milty and Louise Wiley................$100.00

In loving memory of our sons Craig and Glenn Kevin, by Catherine and David Armbrister...................$100.00    

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Simon...........................$50.00    

James Dunford.........$100.00    

In loving memory of Ruth Bolton, by Elizabeth McElroy.........................$50.00    

In loving memory of “Gee,” Granny Frances, Granny “B” and Jim Terry..............$100.00

In memory of Stuart and Pansy White, Frank and Joyce White, and Betty Mason, by David R. White..............$50.00    

Mary Dearing Circle, Fincastle Presbyterian Circle............................$25.00    

Buron and Sally Reed...........................$100.00    

Tom and Janie Farmer........................$100.00    

Anonymous ...............$40.00    

Daily total: $965.00

Ending balance: $15,353.00

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