Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 17, 2012

Volunteers, children counting down to Little Jimmie party

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — The countdown to the 2012 Community Christmas Tree continues with the big party now only four days away.

As anticipation for the big party builds, contributions to the Community Christmas Tree also are continuing. Donations Sunday of $500 brings this year’s campaign total-to-date to $33,958. 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 being provided by TLC Dental Care of Bluefield 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.

Sunday’s contributions

New River Community and Technical College Mercer Co Campus Faculty and Staff     .....................................$300.00

In honor of our family-Cyndi and Rod Brown, Lauren and Will Brown, Dale, Lisa, Several and Gavin Swiger by Tom and Carol Woodward....................$200.00

Today’s total..............$500.00

Previous total.......$33,458.00