BLUEFIELD — Volunteer shopping teams assembled at the Daily Telegraph Thursday to pick up the vintage red bags that have come to symbolize the Community Christmas Tree campaign over the decades.
The volunteers will be shopping for around 400 area children who will be served by this year’s Little Jimmie party — the 101st edition of the Community Christmas Tree campaign. The shopping teams will begin purchasing hundreds of toys for the children at Walmart in Bluefield, Va. over the next couple of days.
Sponsored by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the Little Jimmie program provides a gift bag filled with toys, treats, a book, a pair of gloves, a toboggan and other items for hundreds of area children in need each year.
This year’s Little Jimmie party will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Bluefield City Auditorium. But the campaign is still far short of its goal, and donations Thursday were slow.
Contributions Thursday of $225 brought this year’s total-to-date to $18,963. That means the campaign is still $21,037 short of its $40,000 goal.
Additional help is urgently needed to meet this year’s 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.
Beginning balance: $18,738.00
• Grace and Micah Bourne, $100.00
• Remembering our most precious Christmas gift, Nathan Samuel Goforth by Harold and Debbie Goforth, $125.00
Daily total: $225
Total to date: $18,963.00