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Christmas Fund 1997 Policy Pays Off In Smiles Christmas Morn Insurance Firm Donates $2,000 To Help Needy

Talk about getting your Christmas shopping done early!

James Brown of Jones & Mitchell, 123 E. Second, delivered a $2,000 gift to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund on Wednesday, before the 1997 drive officially began.

“We hope this contribution, along with the many others from businesses and individuals in the Spokane area, will brighten the Christmas holidays for many of the less-fortunate families in Spokane,” Brown wrote.

The donation was made on behalf of the customers, partners and staff of the insurance and risk management company.

With the Jones & Mitchell donation, Sunday’s total came to $3,637, for a sum so far of $7,844.68.

This year’s goal is $425,000. And, since Thanksgiving was late again this year, there’s barely three weeks before Christmas arrives. That’s a lot of money to raise in a short period of time.

Thousands of families are expected to seek help from the Christmas Fund this year. Last year, 8,685 families received a bit of cheer, compared to 8,392 in 1995.

That increase reflects the reason the Christmas Fund goal is set higher each year.

Your Christmas Fund dollars help buy toys for each child in low-income families and to pay for food vouchers so those families can enjoy a holiday meal that’s more festive than usual.

Sure, these are pretty basic “helps.” Nothing fancy. But for those who have so little, every bit is a true gift.

One great benefit of your donation is that it all goes to those two things: toys and food. Nothing is withheld for overhead. Whether you give $1 or $1,000 (or more), every cent of every dollar is used exclusively to help the poor. Very few other charity drives can make such a statement.

Another benefit, even more precious, is the knowledge you helped someone celebrate a better Christmas than they otherwise could have, if not for your gift.

Included in Sunday’s total are contributions received too late to apply to last year’s drive and were banked for 1997.

The employees at Senor Froggy, 1702 E. Riverside, donated to the Christmas Fund rather than exchange gifts with one another. All told, they gave $447, reported Lisa Hooke, bookkeeper. That’s a pretty hot tamale.

The American Express Foundation sent $400 as matching funds from Madeline Buescher; Sedgwick Co. of Memphis, Tenn., gave $150 - $100 in matched funds for Scott McCann, and $50 from Scott McCann; U.S. Bancorp matched the $120 donation made by L. Elkin.

A gift of $100 came from the staff of Drs. Kapstafer, Maixner and Hallenbaugh in memory of Dr. Sharon Genung’s father. Allan and Ainslie Toole, 3008 E. Foxwood Drive, sent $100, as did members of Tordenskjold Lodge 2-005 of the Norway Foundation.

Other $100 contributions were from Deborah Pierce, 8024 Gunning Drive; and Joanne Turner, 2225 W. Houston. Verna Lyonnais, 1026 S. Adams, contributed $20.

As an acknowledgment and a way of reckoning all the money received, the newspaper prints the names, addresses and amounts of each donation, unless anonymity is requested. In those instances, only the amounts are published.

The newspaper serves as a conduit for the Christmas Fund. All of the money is given to the Volunteers of America and Catholic Charities, which, along with the Salvation Army, operates the Christmas Bureau. Because they are non-profit agencies, your donations are tax-deductible.

If you can help our neighbors this year, please send a check to: The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund, Fourth Floor Newsroom, 999 W. Riverside, P.O. Box 516, Spokane, WA, 99210. You may also leave your contribution with the security guard in the lobby, or bring it in person to the newsroom.

, DataTimes MEMO: These 2 sidebars appeared with the story:

1. WHERE TO DONATE If you can help this year, please send your check to: The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund (or S-R Christmas Fund), Fourth Floor Newsroom, P.O. Box 516, Review Tower, 999 W. Riverside, Spokane, WA 99210.

2. TO VOLUNTEER If you’d like to volunteer at the Christmas Bureau, you need to attend an orientation at 11:30 a.m., Dec. 5, at the former J.C. Penney Store at University City. To volunteer, call Catholic Charities, 358-4260; Salvation Army, 325-6814; or Volunteers of America, 624-2378.

These 2 sidebars appeared with the story:

1. WHERE TO DONATE If you can help this year, please send your check to: The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund (or S-R Christmas Fund), Fourth Floor Newsroom, P.O. Box 516, Review Tower, 999 W. Riverside, Spokane, WA 99210.

2. TO VOLUNTEER If you’d like to volunteer at the Christmas Bureau, you need to attend an orientation at 11:30 a.m., Dec. 5, at the former J.C. Penney Store at University City. To volunteer, call Catholic Charities, 358-4260; Salvation Army, 325-6814; or Volunteers of America, 624-2378.



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