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.). Please mark prominently, CHRISTMAS FUND.
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, telephone bill or rent receipt showing their name and current physical address for all adults. (No PO boxes.)
- For children bring a signed, dated letter from school/daycare or social service agency indicating number of dependents in the household as well as their names, dates of birth and where they live. Letters from DSHS or WIC folders are also accepted.
- 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. 10, through Saturday, Dec. 13, then again from Monday, Dec. 15, through Friday, Dec. 19. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. EXCEPT opening day Dec. 10, when hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Giving to Christmas Bureau blows past goal to ‘unbelievably fabulous’ record
Jan. 1, 2014 in City on Page A1 Christmas Fund donors surpassed themselves. Fundraising for the Christmas Bureau lagged in the first two and a half weeks, but a surge of holiday giving pushed it beyond the $525,000 … 1
Christmas Bureau donations top goal
Dec. 25, 2013 in City on Page A1 When Washington Irving said “Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart,” he could have been speaking …
Christmas Bureau recipients get health care help from volunteers
Christmas Bureau offers ethnically diverse books for kids
Dec. 23, 2013 in City on Page A1 As she’s shopping for children’s books for the Christmas Bureau, Marilee Roloff hunts hard-to-find books that feature minority children. “We want to have books at the bureau that reflect the …
Christmas Fund helps family new to area, still needs nearly $100,000
Dec. 22, 2013 in City on Page A1 When Christy Zarbok’s husband, David, took a job transfer to Spokane this summer, they didn’t expect the financial struggle they now face. A promised promotion is on hold, their rent … 3
Christmas Bureau volunteer, ‘ball of energy’ gives away smiles, too
Dec. 21, 2013 in City on Page A1 At 4-foot-10 and 88 years old, Geraldine Fait is a spry example of giving back with grace. This season she volunteered to restock toys at the Christmas Bureau, carrying boxes …
Improv troupe will donate proceeds to Christmas Bureau
Dec. 20, 2013 in City on Page A1 Tomorrow, families can kick off Christmas break with a mirthful show while helping less-fortunate families have a happy holiday. Improv Comedy at the Lake, which moved to Ignite Community Theatre …
Christmas Bureau gives family reasons to smile
Dec. 19, 2013 in City on Page A1 Kenneth Jordan, 11, is fairly serious, his manner more world-weary teenager than carefree child. He’s the man of the house. It’s understandable. Kenneth’s dad was killed several years ago, and … 2
Donors help Christmas Fund blow past halfway mark
Dec. 18, 2013 in City on Page A1 With one week left until Christmas, the Christmas Bureau blew past the halfway point of its $525,000 fundraising goal. Travis Pattern and Foundry donated $35,000, a generous gift that has …
Christmas Bureau helps hard-working families
Dec. 17, 2013 in City on Page A1 Paying $1,020 for rent and day care blows a huge hole in Mathew and Shantel VanWinkle’s combined monthly income of $1,200, leaving little left over for bills, let alone Christmas …
Father appreciates Christmas Bureau’s help
Christmas Bureau fulfills parents’ wishes for their kids
Dec. 15, 2013 in City on Page A1 On the first two days of the Christmas Bureau, one of the popular presents made it to the naughty list. The iConcepts brand digital music players were bad, said coordinator …
Christmas Bureau performers lift spirits; fund near one-third mark
Dec. 14, 2013 in City on Page A1 When Janet Ashley and Judy Payne started dancing for the waiting line of recipients at the Christmas Bureau, their faces lit with mirth as merry as any elf. Decked with … 1
Christmas Bureau needs to raise $30,000 a day
Dec. 13, 2013 in City on Page A1 While waiting in line at the Christmas Bureau on Thursday, Ashley and William Hall discussed what their kids wanted most for Christmas. Hailey, 8, is hoping for a Monster High …
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