Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 6, 2012

Donations slow as time for Little Jimmie party fast approaches

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — After a strong start to the week, donations to the Community Christmas Tree slowed Wednesday with the big party now only 15 days away.

 Contributions Wednesday of $275 helped to bring this year’s total to date to $19,522. However, another $10,478 is still needed to meet this year’s goal of $30,000. More than 756 children have already been registered for this year’s party, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the city auditorium on Stadium Drive in Bluefield.

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.

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 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.

Wednesday’s contributions

In honor of Mrs. Clyde Barr and son Clyde Dennis Barr by Clyde S. Barr and Family             $50.00

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Presley, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Clark and Ray Presley         $100.00    

Howard and Carol Kessinger             $100.00    

Trinity Christian Action Class             $25.00    

Today’s total    $275.00

Previous balance             $19,247.00

Total-to-date     $19,522.00