Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 4, 2012

Community Christmas Tree fund is still thousands from goal

BLUEFIELD — Donations Monday of $2,232 helped to push the Community Christmas Tree fund past the $17,000 mark, moving the campaign another step closer to this year’s $30,000 goal.

However, another $12,013 is still needed to meet this year’s goal with only 17 days to go before the Little Jimmie party. More than 733 children have already been registered for this year’s party, and event organizers now anticipate serving at least 800 children this year.

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.

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. This year’s party will be Friday, Dec. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the city auditorium on Stadium Drive in Bluefield.

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.

Monday’s contributions

In memory of Ward and Lucille Goodwin.........................$100.00

In loving memory of our son, David Matthew, on his 37th birthday by Denise and Lloyd Hall......................................37.00    

In loving memory of daddy and in honor of mommy, Kenneth and Ollie Woodall, and in loving memory of my nephew, Robert Woodall; my niece Lisa Sager; my uncle Kenny Blankenship, and my aunt Mary Hall by Denise Hall........................................5.00

In loving memory of my parents, Kelly and Dorothy Hall by Lloyd Hall........................................5.00    

In loving memory of Judy Blankenship Hagy, “special sisters-best friends forever” by Denise Hall............................5.00

In loving memory of Patty Hylton Dameron and Rita Blankenship Jenkins, “special sisters-special friends” by Denise Hall........................................5.00    

In loving memory of the Twinkie ............................................50.00    

Joy Manufacturing Employees Benevolent Fund...............100.00

Amalgamated I.U.E. - C.W.A Local 82647......................500.00    

Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Poolos  ..........................................100.00    

In loving memory of Ray Phillips by Bonnie, Megan, and Mandy Jo ......................................... 100.00    

In loving memory of Jack and Betty O’Bryan by their children, Bev, Bonnie, Barry, and Belinda ......................................... 100.00    

Erika and Edward French ............................................50.00    

In loving memory of Mary Glenn Austin, Robert R. Austin Jr. and Mary Ann by Floriene Austin ......................................... 100.00    

Anonymous....................100.00    

In memory of Mom, Dad, Berlin, Buddy and Sissy by Ruby Christian............................100.00    

Baha’is of Princeton.........25.00    

Mr and Mrs Robert L. Sexton ......................................... 100.00    

In memory of Patricia Stacy by John Stacy........................100.00    

In memory of our Christmas daughter, Karen Faye by Sue and Ollie Law...........................100.00    

In memory of Blaine (Binky) Thompson by Tommy and Karla Thompson...........................40.00    

In memory of Harold Robinette ......................................... 100.00    

Lawrence and Virginia Baisden ......................................... ..50.00    

James and Flora Stone....25.00    

In loving memory of Jordan Arianna Crawley by her Momma and Grandma......................50.00

In memory of John and Kathleen Carter...................50.00

In memory of our dear friend, Sally Kapish by Frank and Catherine Billings................25.00

Allen and Carol Riffe.........10.00    

In memory of Jennifer Dent ......................................... 100.00    

Today’s total.............$2,232.00

Previous balance.. $15,755.00

Total to date...........$17,987.00

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