Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 14, 2013

As shopping begins, Little Jimmie fund $7,000 short of goal

BLUEFIELD — A team of volunteer shoppers are now purchasing hundreds of toys for this year’s Little Jimmie party.

However, donations to the Community Christmas Tree slowed Friday with the big party now only eight days away. Donations Friday of $350 brought this year’s campaign total to date to $22,958. Another $7,042 is still needed to meet this year’s goal and to ensure a joyous Christmas for more than 800 area children who would otherwise go without this Christmas.

Sponsored by the Bluefield Daily Tele-graph, the Community Christmas Tree — also known as the Little Jimmie campaign — provides toys, treats, a book, toboggan, a pair of gloves and other goodies to hundreds of local children in need each year.

Organizers expect to serve around 825 children at this year’s party on Saturday, Dec. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the city auditorium on Stadium Drive in Bluefield. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph will continue to take last-minute referrals of children from other charities and health and human service agencies.

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.

Correction from Dec 11:        Ted E. Curtis...................$50.00    

Friday’s contributions:

Beginning balance .................................$22,608.00

Anonymous .................$50.00    

In loving memory of Connie T. Pannell, by momma. Happy birthday...........................$50.00    

In memory of Connie T. Pannell on what would have been her 61st birthday by Barbara, Dennis, Edmond, Kara, Karis, Eian and Anniston..........................$50.00    

Carl and Sherry Chapman......................$100.00    

Grayson and Cooper Hale and Jeremiah and Jaxson Quick.............................$100.00    

Daily total..................$350.00

Ending balance...$22,958.00

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