Christmas Fund details
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.
How do I donate?
Donations may be sent to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund, P.O. Box 516, Spokane, WA 99210; delivered to the lobbies of Spokesman-Review offices in downtown Spokane (999 W. Riverside Ave.) or Coeur d'Alene (608 Northwest Blvd., Suite 200).
Can I donate online?
Yes you can. Just click on the PayPal button at right, 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?
There are no income specifications for Bureau recipients. Anyone who thinks they need the help can get it as long as they meet ID requirements:
- Adults must bring photo ID for themselves and every person living in the household older than 18, plus their latest utility bill or rent receipt showing their name and current physical address for all adults. (No PO boxes.)
- For children, bring a letter from a school or day-care center or a document from a DSHS office or other social service agency verifying each child's name, address and date of birth. Also accepted: A WIC folder.
- Note: Social Security cards are not valid identification for the Christmas Bureau.
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. 11, through Saturday, Dec. 16, then again from Monday, Dec. 18, through Friday, Dec. 20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.
Christmas Bureau serves almost 5,000 on first day
Dec. 12, 2013 in City on Page A1 After 20 years, Donna Bielecki returned to the Christmas Bureau on its opening day Wednesday. The last time she used the charity serving the region’s neediest families, she was pregnant … 2
Christmas Bureau opens today at 10 a.m.
Volunteers warm up stocking toys for Christmas Bureau
Dec. 10, 2013 in City on Page A1 Like excited kids dressed for a snowball fight, Christmas Bureau volunteers arrived at the fairgrounds Monday morning decked in coats, hats and gloves, ready to unload toy trucks in a … 6
Central Valley collects stuffed animals for Christmas Bureau
Christmas Bureau offers tours to potential donors
Dec. 8, 2013 in City on Page A1 After growing up in Spokane and reading about the Christmas Bureau for years, I thought I understood the essence of the charity. I was wrong. It’s one of those things … 6
Christmas Bureau book a gift that keeps giving
Christmas Bureau’s 2013 goal seems distant
Dec. 6, 2013 in City on Page A1 After a week of fundraising, the Christmas Bureau is a long way from the $525,000 needed to make a merry Christmas for almost 35,000 needy people in Spokane. The charity … 5
Christmas Bureau volunteer Don Kelly remembered for compassion
Dec. 5, 2013 in City on Page A1 Don Kelly was a quiet man. Whether driving an elderly woman to the doctor, spending time with his family or helping an impoverished mom at the Christmas Bureau, Kelly didn’t … 1
Book club shares gift of reading through Christmas Bureau
Dec. 4, 2013 in City on Page A1 Each month when Carol Kriegh’s book club gets together, they don’t just talk about their latest read or eat food that matches the book’s mood. They also pool money to … 1
Christmas Bureau volunteer knows struggle firsthand
Dec. 3, 2013 in City on Page A1 For single mom Jennifer Oliver, volunteering at the Christmas Bureau is a way to help others. She understands how hard the holidays can be on a low income. Oliver has … 2
Christmas Bureau’s self-described Grinch secretly Santa
Dec. 2, 2013 in City on Page A1 At the beginning of December, Paul Dorning feels a little like the Grinch. “I’m not much into the commercialization of Christmas,” he explained. “The Christmas Bureau is my salve, my … 4
14-year-old raises Christmas Bureau funds with one-girl shows
Christmas Bureau keeps holiday hope alive
Nov. 30, 2013 in City on Page A1 The children are counting down. There are 25 days until Christmas. And as they dictate or scrawl letters to Santa or point out purchases in store windows and catalogs, their …
Christmas Bureau volunteer on ‘the other side of the counter’
Nov. 29, 2013 in City on Page A1 For the first time, Jessica Rising can read her children’s Christmas lists without a heavy heart. She knows she finally has the means to make some of their holiday hopes … 1
Bureau backers put fund over top
Jan. 1, 2013 in City on Page A1 The Christmas cleanup is complete, with gifts opened and holiday treats a delicious memory. Last week, as the fundraising for the Christmas Bureau closed and organizers set their sights on … 1
32,060 ‘thank you’s,’ all thanks to you
Dec. 25, 2012 in City on Page A1 Today, like Christmas bells, children’s voices ring. Their “thank you’s” echo from house to house, resonating in the hearts of thousands of parents who had a simple wish: to give …
When family’s gifts were stolen, officer informed them of bureau
Dec. 24, 2012 in City on Page A1 Last Monday, when Michelle Whisman and her husband ran into the house for a few minutes, they didn’t expect to return to their vehicle and find all their Christmas presents … 3
Christmas Bureau: Receiver prefers to be giver
Holiday brighter for 32,060 people
Dec. 22, 2012 in City on Page A1 On Friday, the Christmas Bureau wrapped up its last day at the fairgrounds, completing its quest to make Christmas happier for families in need. This year it served 32,060 people, … 1
Christmas Bureau: Nine day run ends today
Dec. 21, 2012 in City on Page A1 Whether or not the weather outside is frightful, the coffee at the Christmas Bureau is delightful, warm and served with a smile. For the nine-day run of the bureau, which …