Tradition is a wonderful thing.
One woman, who requested her name not be used, has established a great yuletide tradition: giving to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund.
She sent $20 with this note:
“Well, the cards are in the mail, the presents are wrapped, the cookie list is made - so to make the Christmas complete, here’s my check to your fund. It’s all part of the tradition now. Right up there with ‘White Christmas’ and snowball cookies. May God bless everyone with a wonderful new year.”
Jay and Pat Gull, 1403 E. Liberty, sent $50 to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund rather than buy Christmas cards and stamps. “So, Merry Christmas to all, and especially the Christmas Fund workers,” they wrote.
Many associates and friends of Jerry Camp Sr., who died Dec. 4, have donated to the Christmas Fund in his memory.
Gifts of $50 in his memory came from members of the Prosperity Club, to which Camp had belonged since 1963; Peg and Harry Green, 409 W. 29th; and Robert and Patty Bauer, Spokane.
More $50 contributions came from Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lyons, 8326 N. Pinemeadow Road; employees of the Western Farmer-Stockman; Marty and Paula Barth, 2008 S. Herald; Gwen Bowell; Rupert Spearman, 2903 E. 25th; Robin and Kevin Kopczynski, Coeur d’Alene, in memory of George Kopczynski.
The Spokane Area Retired Educators Foundation gave $50, as did the Spokane Lawn Bowling Club, 5431 W. Ridgecrest; Pauline Hacker, 1224 W. Riverside; Delta Gamma Fraternity, Spokane Alumna Chapter; Nancy Mahoney and Gary Matthews, Spokane; Jean Flechel, 1808 S. Maple; Evelyn Goetz, 515 N. Raymond, “in memory of my dear husband, Lloyd Goetz.”
Other $50 gifts came from Dick and Carol Phelps, 320 E. Hoffman; and two anonymous donors. Members of the Four Seasons Club sent $45; the Brown family gave $40 in memory of Rickey Allen Brown.
Shen Hunt, 2369 S. Southeast Blvd., gave $10 of his allowance and birthday money, sent with his mom’s $20 contribution. Shen wrote: “I hope some child has a happy Christmas this year.”
Mary and Ray Allen, 12905 E. 22nd, gave $30 “in memory of a mother”; donating $25 was Jim, Laurie, Kaylee and Alipsa McLeslie, 10723 E. Maxwell, “in loving memory of Grandpa Charlie”; Mary Miller, Rockford; Wilson and Marylyn Stuckless; Patricia Earley, 3127 W. Fairview; Mr. and Mrs. Charles O’Conner, 6904 N. Washington, “for all kids and unfortunate people.”
Other $25 gifts came from Max and Betty Saxton, 6712 N. Washington; Merle Wellington, Greenacres; Harvey and Carlie Grimm, 11806 N. Highwood Court; Charles Grohs, Rathdrum, Idaho; D.J. Piggott, 410 W. Third; G. Robert Inkpen; Joan Hall; Barbara Williams, 524 W. 17th, “in memory of Nancy Woodson, who spent her time helping children of all ages.”
Three $25 gifts were made in Jerry Camp Sr.’s memory: Joe Gleesing; Don and Vicki Gorder, N10011 Comanche Dr.; and Gary Wilkinson, Veradale.
There were also five anonymous donors giving $25.
Contributions of $20 came from G. Thomas, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; the Greens, 924 E. 37th; Randy Hunt and Sandi King, Medical Lake, “in loving memory of our father and mother, Art Hunt and Margaret Stanley.”
The Kaisers, 2518 E. 58th Lane, gave $15; donating a $13.63 refund was K. Davis; giving $10 was William Kelley, 422 W. Riverside, in memory of Jerry Camp; Leroy Haskins, 11621 E. Maxwell; Lela Blakely, Fairfield, in memory of grandson Darin; and an anonymous couple, “to help make someone’s Christmas a bright and happy time.”
Ronald Sisson gave a $5.33 refund he had coming to the Christmas Fund.
, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: TOYS FOR TOTS On Friday, Toys for Tots will again accept applications from low-income families seeking toys for their children, said Dick Jamieson, a member of the Marine Corps League working on the project. Tuesday’s Christmas Fund story reported some families saying Toys for Tots could not help them because there were not enough toys to go around. Toys for Tots has provided toys to 3,200 families so far and hopes to help another 800.