Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 19, 2012

Day of big party fast approaches

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Final preparations for Friday’s Community Christmas Tree party are underway, as the countdown to the 2012 edition of Little Jimmie continues.

The big party is now only two days away. Hundreds of red bags stuffed full of toys and other goodies will be distributed Friday to more than 825 children across the region who would go otherwise without this holiday season.

Contributions to the Community Christmas Tree also are continuing. Donations Wednesday of $766 brings this year’s campaign total-to-date to $35,859. The 2012 campaign goal was $30,000. However, by going over the campaign goal, organizers will be able to serve more children this year. When the 2012 campaign was launched last month, event organizers budgeted for 750 children. More than 825 children will now be served at Friday’s party.

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, toothbrushes and toothpaste and other goodies. This year’s party will be Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the city auditorium on Stadium Drive in Bluefield.

The Daily Telegraph has sponsored the Community Christmas Tree campaign 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.

Those who would still 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

Employees of Wolverine Advanced Materials    $236.00

In memory of Tammy Penland         $100.00

In loving memory of Georgia and Bill Stanley    $100.00

In memory of my father, Alfred H. Bailey    $50.00

In memory of Kenneth Woodall, Robert Woodall, Lisa Sager and David Hall     $100.00

In memory of Maggie Lawson         $40.00

In memory of Bill and Mabel Mabe    $40.00

In loving memory of our parents John and Pauline Pauley  from John R., Pam and

Family    $100.00

Today’s total    $766.00

Previous total    $35,093.00

Total-to-date    $35,859.00