Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 12, 2013

Community Christmas Tree still reaching for goal

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Donations Wednesday of $1,285 helped to inch the Community Christmas Tree closer toward its goal.

However, the big party is now only 10 days away, and the campaign is still $8,192 short of its $30,000 goal. Help 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 year.

As the countdown to the big party begins, a team of volunteer shoppers are preparing to purchase hundreds of toys over the next couple of days at the Bluefield Kmart.

Sponsored by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 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.

Contributions Wednesday of $1,285 helped to bring this year’s total to date to $21,808.

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. It is anticipated that another 50 children or more will be registered for the program in the next few days.

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: Have a blessed Christmas two Virginias, anonymous, $1,000.

Wednesday’s contributions:

Beginning balance: $20,523.00

I.U.E. C.W.A  Local 82647 ....................................$250.00

Zane and Don Rice ......................................$35.00

Jimmy Welch .............$25.00

In loving memory of Ray G. Phillips Jr. and Jack and Betty O’Bryan ......................$100.00

In loving memory of my husband Bob Johnson, mother Mrs. Emily Spangler and long-time neighbors and friends Vernon and Francis Greco, by Ellen Spangler Johnson ....................................$200.00    

In memory of C.D. Earls ......................................$25.00    

In loving memory of James C. and Laura A. Walls, by son Robert ..........................$50.00

Jesse Hale .................$25.00

In honor of Roy and Lil White, by Bob and Sue ....................................$100.00

In memory of Donald “Cut” Hylton ...........................$50.00    

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

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

K.A. Kemmerer III........$50.00

Anonymous.................$25.00

In memory of Tammy Marie Penland ......................$200.00

Daily total: $1,285.00

Ending balance: $21,808.00