Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

December 9, 2012

Tree fund more than $6,000 short of goal with 12 days left until Little Jimmie party

BLUEFIELD — Donations to the Community Christmas Tree gained momentum Saturday with additional contributions of $1,045.

With the big party now only 12 days away, the campaign is $6,293 short of this year’s goal of $30,000.

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.

Volunteers have signed up 788 children to date for this year’s party. 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.

Saturday’s contributions

Ann Hillier    $50.00

In memory of Douglas E. Evans    50.00

In memory of Claude, Eddie, Mike, and Emily Burkhart by mom, children and family            50.00

In memory of Stevie R. Burkhart from Mom, Dad, Tim, Tim Jr. and family gone but not forgotten    60.00

In memory of Pauline Richardson Burton sadly missed  by children and family         200.00    

In memory Capt. Mike Thompson USMA by Zane and Don Rice    35.00

Jimmy Welch and Marsha Steed    25.00

Four Seasons 56 Collectors         150.00

In memory W.C. Pruett Jr. and Edna L. Pruett    100.00

In loving memory of my husband Robert "Bob" Johnson, my mother Emily C. Spangler, dear friends Frances and Vernon Greco by Ellen Spangler Johnson    200.00    

In loving memory of Donnie Anderson Sr. and Estell Edwards by Shirley, Rhonda, Adam, Donnie, Judy, Arissa , and Troy    100.00

In memory of my brothers Fred Crouse (wife Donna),  Wallace Crouse, and Charles Crouse, sisters Stella Becker     and Ruth Roberts, mother and father Floy and Ollie Crouse,  husband William Wright, and son-in-law Jack Wells by Hazel V. Wright    25.00    

Today’s total    $1,045.00

Previous total    $22,662.00  

Total-to-date    $23,707.00

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