Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 2, 2012

Volunteers continue registering children for Community Christmas Tree party

BLUEFIELD — A steady flow of families visited with Community Christmas Tree volunteers at the Herb Sims Youth Center on Saturday to sign more children up for the Little Jimmie party set for Dec. 22. At the end of the day, Michele Colley, registration coordinator, said that an additional 184 children have been signed up for the party, bringing the total thus far to 733 children.

“I appreciate being part of something that does so much to help kids,” Courtney Matney said. This is Matney’s third year volunteering with the Community Christmas Tree. She saw an article in the newspaper calling for volunteers, and offered to help. This year, she recruited one of her co-workers to help with the sign-ups.

“I think it’s great to be able to help with a program that brings happiness to children for Christmas,” Heather Bennett said. “The thing that has surprised me this year is how many families need help. I didn’t know that.”

“You should have been in here a few minutes ago with your camera,” Deloris French said.

“There was a little 1-year-old boy in here dressed up in a Santa suit and looking cute. He was ready to go to the Pocahontas Christmas parade this evening, and he really looked cute,” French said.

“It’s been steady, and busier than I thought it would be,” Colley said. “Each time that we think it will slow down, it picks back up again.”

Veteran volunteers Tonya Simmons and Tina Harman also spent the day volunteering to help ensure that children from the area who might otherwise not have much joy on Christmas, receive something from the Community Christmas Tree.

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

In honor of our precious grandson, Hunter Grepiotis    $25.00

Athens Lions Club    $170.00

Today’s total    $195.00

Previous total    $12,660.00

Total to date    $12,855.00

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