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The Spokesman-Review Newspaper
Monday, December 10, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund exists because of the generous donations of the newspaper's readers and area businesses. From Thanksgiving to Dec. 30, the paper accepts donations and publishes articles listing everyone who participates.

Then, through the expert coordination of Catholic Charities and the Volunteers of America, the money is used to open The Christmas Bureau for two weeks in December. The money buys thousands of high-quality toys in January when prices are low. The charities coordinate to gather and train more than 200 volunteers who help make the bureau run smoothly.

Needy families can come to the bureau, held at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center (404 N. Havana) to pick out a toy and a book for each of their children for Christmas Day. In addition, each household receives a grocery-store voucher to stock the cupboards for the holidays.

The result is an opportunity for people in the greater Inland Northwest community to take care of their less-fortunate neighbors. It's a vast undertaking, and one that hopes to make the holiday a bit brighter for those in need.

2017 final: $544,332.63

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I donate?

Donations may be sent to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund, P.O. Box 516, Spokane, WA 99210 or delivered to the lobby of the Spokesman-Review at 999 W. Riverside Ave. Please mark prominently, CHRISTMAS FUND.

Can I donate online?

Yes you can. Just click on the PayPal button above, and you'll be able to choose an amount to donate via credit card. If you choose this method of payment, a small percentage goes to PayPal for Internet billing services. When you send in a check to The Christmas Fund, as described above, none of the donation goes to processing.

If you'd like us to send you a receipt for your donation, make sure to include your mailing address in PayPal's comment box. If you'd like a receipt via e-mail, just include a valid e-mail address. In either case, we won't share your information with anyone or use it for any other reason. And feel free to use the comment box to tell us anything you'd like.

How do I qualify?
  • Eligibility: There are no income restrictions to participate, but you must bring specific information to the Fairgrounds.
  • Bring: Photo ID for you and every person living with you who's 18 or older PLUS proof of current physical address for all adults. That means a power bill, rent receipt or phone bill showing a name at that address (No P.O. boxes). This is required for all adults. Social Security cards not valid as ID.
  • For children: Something from their school or daycare for each child living at that address, showing their name, address and birth date. OR A document from DSHS or other social service agency verifying name, address and date of birth OR A WIC folder.
Where is The Christmas Bureau?

The Bureau again will be held at The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, at 404 N. Havana, in the Ag Building.

When is it open?

Wednesday, Dec. 12, through Friday, Dec. 21, excluding Sundays. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.


The Christmas Bureau opens this week. Here’s what you need to know.

Christmas is approaching, but the first day of the Christmas Bureau is approaching even faster. The doors of the bureau will swing open at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Spokane …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs’ Teddy Bear Toss breaks record for second year in a row

Teddy bears rained down on the ice like confetti Saturday during the Spokane Chiefs’ annual teddy bear toss. The team scored their first goal just after the beginning of the …


Christmas Bureau volunteer recruited her family to help serve recipients

Carla Crooks is working on making volunteering at the Christmas Bureau a family affair. She’s already recruited her husband and one daughter to join her and her other daughter plans …


Retired priest Mike Savelesky ready to volunteer at Christmas Bureau

The Rev. Mike Savelesky will volunteer at the Christmas Bureau this year just as he’s done every year for the last dozen years or so.


Spokane Indians net nearly 100 stuffed animals for Christmas Bureau

The Spokane Indians added a teddy bear toss to their Christmas in July game night this past summer, collecting nearly 100 stuffed animals for the Christmas Bureau. The idea came …


The Christmas Bureau is a holiday tradition for longtime volunteer

Jan House had to check to figure out that she’s been coming to volunteer at the Christmas Bureau for 11 years. It’s an annual tradition for her, just like it’s …


Longtime Christmas Bureau volunteer specializes in giving lunch breaks

Judy Hudson’s role as a Christmas Bureau volunteer has changed over the years. While she was still working as an accountant she worked a few shifts a year, then started …


Volunteering puts Arby’s Jerry Pederson in the Christmas spirit

Arby’s Director of Operations Jerry Pederson has been volunteering with the Christmas Bureau for 16 years, ever since he was recruited by his boss, Dave McGann.


Avista Corp. employees love their time volunteering at the Christmas Bureau

A group of about 10 Avista Corp. accounting department employees led by Carolyn Groome has been spending a day volunteering at the Christmas Bureau every year for years and they’re …


Buying Christmas Bureau toys is a full-time job

There were years when buying toys for the Christmas Bureau could be accomplished by two volunteers over a couple of months, but now it takes four volunteers working nearly full …

2017 final: $544,332.63

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I donate?

Donations may be sent to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund, P.O. Box 516, Spokane, WA 99210 or delivered to the lobby of the Spokesman-Review at 999 W. Riverside Ave. Please mark prominently, CHRISTMAS FUND.

Can I donate online?

Yes you can. Just click on the PayPal button above, and you'll be able to choose an amount to donate via credit card. If you choose this method of payment, a small percentage goes to PayPal for Internet billing services. When you send in a check to The Christmas Fund, as described above, none of the donation goes to processing.

If you'd like us to send you a receipt for your donation, make sure to include your mailing address in PayPal's comment box. If you'd like a receipt via e-mail, just include a valid e-mail address. In either case, we won't share your information with anyone or use it for any other reason. And feel free to use the comment box to tell us anything you'd like.

How do I qualify?
  • Eligibility: There are no income restrictions to participate, but you must bring specific information to the Fairgrounds.
  • Bring: Photo ID for you and every person living with you who's 18 or older PLUS proof of current physical address for all adults. That means a power bill, rent receipt or phone bill showing a name at that address (No P.O. boxes). This is required for all adults. Social Security cards not valid as ID.
  • For children: Something from their school or daycare for each child living at that address, showing their name, address and birth date. OR A document from DSHS or other social service agency verifying name, address and date of birth OR A WIC folder.
Where is The Christmas Bureau?

The Bureau again will be held at The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, at 404 N. Havana, in the Ag Building.

When is it open?

Wednesday, Dec. 12, through Friday, Dec. 21, excluding Sundays. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.