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.
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