Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 8, 2013

Final day of Community Christmas Tree sign-ups sees 200 more children

BLUEFIELD — Another 200 children were signed up for the Community Christmas Tree on the final day of open registrations Saturday, bringing the number of kids attending the party to 700.

“We have had a steady crowd all morning long,” Michelle Colley, daughter-in-law of the late Daily Telegraph Executive Editor Tom Colley, said.

Sponsored by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the Community Christmas Tree program provides gift bags with toys, treats, a book, hat, a pair of gloves and other items for children in need. The event is known by many as the Little Jimmie campaign, due to an iconic drawing that accompanies the annual kickoff of the event.

Colley said many families don’t know what they would do for their children if not for programs like these that provide toys and other items at Christmastime.

“I signed up one lady whose husband had a terrible accident this summer and it almost brought me to tears hearing the story. You really don’t know how lucky you are,” Colley said.

Colley also thanked the ladies and gentlemen that came out and volunteered their time to help sign up the children.

“It is really appreciated,” she said.

The Community Christmas Tree party will be held Dec. 21 at the Bluefield City Auditorium at noon, and Santa will even make an appearance as Little Jimmie helps spread Christmas cheer throughout the county.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph will continue to take last-minute referrals of children from other charities and health and human service agencies. Telegraph Editor Samantha Perry said it is likely another 100 children will be registered for the program in the next two weeks if this year’s trend stays on par with year’s past.

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.

Saturday’s contributions:

Beginning balance ...............................$15,628.00

In loving memory of Glenn and Mary Allen Harvey Brown ....................................$200.00

In loving memory of Nancy J. Ruddell ........................ $50.00

Grady and Kay Price...$20.00

In memory of Chris Krondon, by Dad and Linda..........$50.00

In memory of our parents Jack and Geneva Thompson and Nona L. and Edward H. Grose............................ $25.00

Robert Jackson.........$100.00

Daily total.................$445.00

Ending balance..$16,073.00

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