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Tuesday, May 21, 2019  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.


Donors meet fundraising goal for the 2018 Christmas Fund

The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund has made its goal for the 14th year in a row, thanks to a last-minute surge in generosity from people in Spokane and the surrounding area.


Garco Construction gives big boost to the Christmas Bureau

A Christmas angel has visited The Spokesman-Review in the form of Garco Construction, which gifted the Christmas Bureau with donation of $25,0000 to provide a much needed boost.


Musicians bring Christmas spirit to those waiting at the Christmas Bureau

The Christmas Bureau is closed now, but every day that it was open singers and performers filled the building at the Spokane County Fairgrounds with the sound of music.


On final day of 2018 Chirstmas Bureau, need is up but donations still lag

The Christmas Bureau is an annual tradition organized by Catholic Charities, the Volunteers of American and The Spokesman-Review that brings toys, books and food to homes across Eastern Washington and …


Christmas Bureau closing, but donations still sorely needed

The doors of the Christmas Bureau are almost ready to close. The piles of toys and teddy bears are much smaller, but there is still plenty left for the last …


Rogers High School students help take care of kids at the Christmas Bureau

There is a child care area at the Christmas Bureau for children to visit while parents pick out their Christmas gifts, so as not to spoil the surprise of what …


Parents grateful for Christmas toys for their children

Tuesday’s weather started out dreadful but that didn’t deter people from coming to the Christmas Bureau at the Spokane County Fairgrounds to get a food voucher, and gifts and books …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 8:46 a.m.

8 reasons these people need the Christmas Bureau’s help this year

The Christmas Bureau serves everyone. Some are unemployed or underemployed. There are those who have been laid off or perhaps homeless. Some parents work hard, but still need help getting …


Former Christmas Bureau volunteers honored with memorial tree

The longtime volunteers at the Christmas Bureau are a tightknit group, creating friendships out of their shared work helping the needy at Christmas. This year they came together to honor …

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.