Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 7, 2012

Little Jimmie fund passes the $22,000 with 14 days left until party

BLUEFIELD — The Community Christmas Tree passed the $22,000 mark Thursday, bringing the campaign another step closer to this year’s $30,000 goal.

Contributions Thursday of $2,840 brings this year’s total to date to $22,362. With 14 days to go before the Little Jimmie party, the campaign is now $7,638 short of its goal.

The number of children to be served by this year’s party — originally estimated at 750 — also is continuing to grow. As of Thursday evening, 772 kids were registered for this year’s party.

The big party will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the city auditorium on Stadium Drive in Bluefield. 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.

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.

Thursday’s contributions

In loving memory of Charles and Faye Brewer     $25.00    

Rish Equipment     $100.00    

In memory of my parents Daniel Sr. and Vivian Whitmer by Daniel and Anita Whitmer              $250.00    

Charles Neal     $30.00    

Sherwood Apartments             $50.00    

Pauline and Timothy Childers         $10.00    

Jesse Hale     $20.00    

In memory of my Frank by Shirley Saunders     $50.00    

The Mary Dearing Circle of Fincastle Presbyterian Church         $25.00

Sadie and Jinx     $100.00    

Bluefield High School Class of 2001     $100.00    

In memory of Jack and Jane Thompson     $100.00    

Emily Grace, Aleigha Faith, and Isaac Joshua Payne by Grandpa and Gram     $30.00

In memory of Ervin and Ernie Linkous by Doris Woodcox             $200.00    

Anonymous     $25.00    

Kelli Harshbarger     $900.00    

In loving memory of Aaron Maxey, Fairley Maxey and Silas Maxey     $50.00    

The Strupp Family     $50.00    

Jerry, Melody and Griffin Storme Jenkins     $200.00    

Ben and Marvelene Simon              $50.00    

Coal News Inc.      $250.00    

Jerry  Goforth Jr.     $100.00    

In memory of Lil and Roy by Bob and Sue     $100.00    

Pilgrim Baptist Church             $25.00

Today’s total       $2,840.00    

Previous total     $19,522.00

Total to date    $22,362.00�

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