Bluefield Daily Telegraph
— ‘Twas the week before the big party, and all through the Kmart on Cumberland Road, volunteer shoppers were yawning and searching for toys. Except, of course, Jamie Parsell who was ready to run long before the dawn’s early light.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph & Prerogative staffers from the advertising, lifestyles and news departments along with guests, gathered at 8 a.m. Friday morning to shop for 135 boys and girls in the 5-6 year old age range as preparations continue for the 95th annual Community Christmas Tree party. The party is scheduled to start at 12 noon on Friday Dec. 22, in the Bluefield City Auditorium with Santa expected to arrive at about 12:30 p.m.
“Everyone seems to be having a good time and we’re all excited for the kids who will be coming to the party,” Ashley Copenhaver-Shinault, Team Telegraph coordinator said. “It’s such a blessing to be able to be able to help these kids who might not otherwise get anything for Christmas. This whole effort, from the people who donate to the fund to all the volunteers, reminds you that there are good people in this world.”
Several Kmart associates were on hand to assist the volunteer shoppers as they made rounds through the store searching for everything from Baby Alive dolls to WWE action figures.
“The staff asks to help with the Little Jimmie volunteers,” Steve Peters, manager of the Bluefield Kmart said. “I think they enjoy it as much as the shoppers.”
Not all of the volunteer shoppers was familiar with the requests that parents had asked for when they signed their children up for the party that is funded by donations from readers of the Daily Telegraph.
“It’s been a really good season for us, but everyone here gets excited when they see the Little Jimmie shoppers arrive,” Peters said. “We try to make it as easy as we can for the Little Jimmie volunteers as we can so all they have to do is shop.”
Peters said that Kmart associates also assist volunteers of the Toys for Tots and Sheets.
“This makes Christmas special for us,” one Kmart associate said.
For the second consecutive year, TLC Dental Care provided enough toothbrushes and toothpaste to give to all the children at the party. Samantha Perry, managing editor of the Daily Telegraph expresseed her appreciation to the local dentistry for their “generosity and community spirit.” In the mean time, donations continued to arrive at the newspaper as readers continue to give to the Community Christmas Tree fund.
Those who would still 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.
In loving memory of our parents Donald and Lavella Pettrey by Kathy Pettrey and Carolyn Harshbarger $50.00
In loving memory of our brother Chester Pettrey and our, sister Patty Pettrey Bruns by Kathy Pettrey and Carolyn Harshbarger $50.00
In memory of Kenneth E Woodall, Robert D Woodall, Lisa Diane Sager and David Mathew Hall $100.00
Today’s total $200.00
Previous total $33,183.00