Organizers of the annual Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund see 1994 as anything but a miss.
The fund, which began the day after Thanksgiving, collected $359,153.20, about $37,000 less than the $396,591 raised a year ago.
Despite missing the target of $400,000, Christmas Fund Director Ken Trent looks back and sees a list of accomplishments.
Among the successes:
The fund provided food vouchers to 8,550 low-income families and individuals this past holiday.
It provided toys to 13,527 children - many of them in families whose winter budgets are strained with housing and heating costs.
More than 3,000 people contributed to the fund, compared to about 3,500 a year. Because many gifts involve several people from a family or business, the total number of those donating exceeded 4,000.
While more money was raised a year ago, the average donation this year increased. The average in 1993 was $112; this year it was $118.
The fund, said Trent and Catholic Charities Director Mike Ryan, is another example of Spokane’s strong sense of sharing and commitment to helping others.
“It was a very good year,” said Ryan. “No one was turned away and we had enough food vouchers and toys to make sure everyone received help.”
No money goes to overhead or administration.”Because the fund still provides for a definite need at this time of year, it still has the faith and confidence of the public,” said Trent.Despite the drop in money raised,
the fund helped everyone who showed up at the Christmas Bureau downtown office. Ryan said fewer people sought help this year, even though agency officials estimated a slight increase in need from 1993.
Among the hundreds of notes with gifts was the following, from Maxine McCarty of Spokane:
“I’d like to contribute this $50 in memory of my parents and son. My dad was a Spokane postal carrier for 30 years. During Christmastime he’d board the streetcar in the dark of morn and return late at night.
“He carried his pack and had many slippery, steep steps to climb.
“Mother kept many a hot meal waiting. They have both been gone for several years - but the memories linger on. Especially at Christmastime.”
Since Christmas Day, 82 contributions added $7,201 to the fund.
That group includes the following:
May-Davis Inc. of Spokane donated $1,000.
Thomas Berndt and Patricia McNutty, W2942, 21st, donated $300. Dr. and Mrs. Jim Quigley, W2105 Pacific, gave $300.
Donations in the amount of $200 were given by Michael and Danielle Asan, N510 Progress, and by Bob and Elaine Fulton, E9700 Holman.
Thomas Halliwell, E824 Syringa Road, contributed $150. Margaret Hurley and Leonard Peterson, E730 Boone, donated $150.
Donations of $100 were made by Jack Brownson; Van and Ada Emerson, S1721 Pierce; the Labrosse family, 700 Ironwood Drive, Coeur d’Alene; Stacy Mainer, W508 Sixth; Rod and Mary Peterson of Veradale; James and Julie Psomas; Wayne and Kathy Reid, E11324 16th; Frank and Sharon Sell, E512 Greenridge Road; Pat Terhaar, E1521 46th; Dr. and Mrs. Howard Wagner of Grants Pass, Ore., in honor of Greta Toll of Spokane.
A donation of $75 was given by Guy and Lisa Dumais, E14610 Nixon; $60 was donated by Robert Claeson, W2609 Broadway; and $56 was given by the American Bonded Collection.
A donation of $50 came in memory of Harriet Allen from her family.
Other $50 gifts came from Lyle Berndt, S4524 Willamette Court, in memory of Ruben Berndt and Ed Heath; Harold Bock, S507 Howard; Robert and Stacy Cossey, N15904 Glencrest; Dempsey’s Brass Rail, W909 First; Tom Nixon for grandfather John Dawson; Glen and Andy Gardner; Anne Hite; William and Dulcy Owen, S2505 Garfield Road; E. and M. McCarty, S514 Freya, in memory of parents and son; Sharon Kyle and Don Nicholson, S1208 Oak; Jackie Solien, E15816 Heroy.
Donations of $40 came from Janine and Michael Jones, E2017 Cataldo; and Mike Yake, S3425 Morrill Drive. Rita and Ernst Pickel, E5720 Napa, donated $35.
Gifts of $25 came from Thelma Berndt, E3904 Montgomery, in memory of Ruben Berndt; Edward and Sandra Crosby; Kaiser Mead employees; Garret, Theresa and Emilie; Janis and Larry Hines, S1306 Westcliff Place; Marge Kerwin, S4326 Napa; Blaine Krebs and Jan Murray, N14503 Custer Court; Mark, Inge, Alexis and Max; Julia MacDonald, S2205 Jefferson; Wendy McKennon, W441 Shoshone Place; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Polizzi, E5105 Woodglen Court; Lloyd and Shirley Seehorn of Rockford; Ken and Ethel Watkins, N5115 Stevens.
Donations of $20 came Linda Bernbaum in honor of her mother; from Perry Thomas Bresnahan, N1116 Summit Blvd.; and David Irmer, W2617 Wabash.
Gifts of $10 were made by Robert and Mary Clouse of Sagle, Idaho; Paul Marden, E7110 Seventh; and Ronald Sharp, E13623 12th.
A $8.68 contribution was made by J. Birdell Hill.
Gifts of $5 were made by Alberta Agrella, W357 Columbia; and Paul Berndt, S4524 Willamette Court.
Another 29 anonymous gifts provided $2,611.
A brave girl jumps from the rocks on the west side of Tubbs Hill as her two friends watch. (Don Sausser/Facebook photo)
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