Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 28, 2012

Donations to Community Christmas Tree slowly trickle in; help still needed

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Donations to the Community Christmas Tree continued Tuesday, but with less than a month to go until the big party the campaign remained far short of this year’s $30,000 goal.

More than $500 in donations were received on Tuesday, bringing this year’s current campaign total to $830.

Campaign organizers anticipate serving around 750 children at this year’s party, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the city auditorium on Stadium Drive in Bluefield.

At the party, each child registered for the program will receive 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.

More than 400 children have already been registered for the program, and a second weekend of sign-ups will be held Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both events will be held at the city auditorium in Bluefield. Parents or legal guardians are required to bring the child’s WIC or CHIPS card, or birth certificate.

The Community Christmas Tree program, also known as the Little Jimmie campaign, has been sponsored by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph since 1917.

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.

Tuesday’s contributions

Charles W. Neal    $50.00

Sycamore Grove    100.00

In loving memory of Jeffrey Shott and Ned and Suzy Baker, by John and Kathy Shott    100.00

In loving memory of Sam Royall     25.00

In loving memory of Chris Elmore    25.00

In loving memory of Rachel Royall    25.00

In loving memory of Jane Phlegar    25.00  

In loving memory of Ellen Story    25.00

In loving memory of Mary Gray Heltzel    25.00

In loving memory of Powell Royall    25.00

In loving memory of Bowen Royall    25.00

In loving memory of Archer Royall    25.00

Al and Priscilla Schuler            50.00

Anonymous    10.00    

Today’s total    $535.00

Previous total    $295.00

Total to date    $830.00