Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 9, 2013

Little Jimmie campaign still working to reach fund goal before party

BLUEFIELD — The Bluefield Daily Telegraph received a shipment of five boxes filled with shopping bags last week, as preparations for the annual Community Christmas Tree party continue. The two-day total of 338 children signed up for the party brought the overall total to 766 so far of children who are signed up for the party that will start at noon on Saturday, Dec. 21, in the Bluefield City Auditorium.

Hugh Ike Shott, the founding editor/publisher of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph held a Christmas party for his employees in 1916, and a year later in 1917, decided to organize a party for children who might not otherwise receive anything for Christmas. There were two parties for many years — one for white children and another for black children — but that tradition ended several years ago, and there has only been one Community Christmas Tree party for many years.

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.

Sunday’s contributions

Beginning balance: .........................$16,073.00

In memory of Ralph and Elizabeth Hughes ..............................$200.00    

In loving memory of Patrick Belfiore (our dad), by Patrick and Angie Belfiore .................$100.00        

Daily total..........$300.00

Ending balance: .........................$16,373.00

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