That’s what Christmas is all about.
That’s what The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund is all about.
Sharing is the message James Simmons relayed in a letter with a $2,000 check from ICM, Asset Management Inc., 601 W. Main.
“All year long, but especially during the holiday season, the management at ICM believes that contributing to the efforts of various organizations, nationally and locally, is the best way to share our good fortune with thousands who are less fortunate,” the president wrote.
“So the tradition continues of our shareholders selecting those organizations which they feel best serve the needs of their respective communities.”
Simmons closed his letter: “We hope (the contribution) helps in some small way to ease the burdens of the many recipients you serve.”
Simmons’ word “many” translates into thousands. Thousands of families. Thousands of children. Thousands of individuals.
Last year’s Christmas Fund bought toys for 13,660 children, food vouchers for 12,257 adults; a merrier Christmas for 8,685 families.
And more families and children and adults are expected this year.
That’s why a goal of $425,000 has been set. It will take at least that much to serve the poor in our area this Christmas.
Including ICM’s gift, $2,865 was recorded for Monday’s receipts. So far, we’ve raised $15,115.13. Do you know how scary that sounds? Subtract $15,115.13 from $425,000 and there’s $409,885 to raise in 22 days.
It gives me the shivers.
But, we’ve done it before - and we can do it again.
While you’re reading this, don’t try to envision thousands of children. Think of one child; one family; one senior citizen. Personalize your thoughts.
Don’t fret if you only have a few dollars to contribute. Your dollars, along with hundreds of other small contributions, will be an immense help in reaching the grand total.
Your money will help buy toys for every child in our community’s lowincome families. It will help provide food vouchers so those getting by on less than enough can buy something special for their holiday dinners.
That’s the beauty of the Christmas Fund.
Small amounts added to any pot help swell its total amount. It’s like adding yeast to bread. Without every grain of yeast, bread would not rise. It would be flat, brittle.
Won’t you please consider helping our loaf of Christmas “bread” to rise? And, soon, if you can.
Others contributing to Tuesday’s total were: Virg and Helen Duchow, 5027 N. Oak, gave $150, “a little something to help spread Christmas cheer.”
Mr. and Mrs. J.W. McKerney, 1719 E. Illinois, gave $100, as did three others who requested anonymity.
Giving $50 were Ruedene Chandler, Newport; Richard Ringel, 1811 W. Northridge Court; Elsie Creed, 5017 N. Stevens; and an anonymous donor who gave “In memory of my lifelong friend, Kenneth Trent.”
Jeannette Selbo, 10807 E. Third, gave $35; Heather McFarland, 4504 S. Willamette Court, mailed in $30; members of the Turf ‘n’ Trowel Garden Club gave $25; Clara Woodruff, 1010 E. Columbia, donated $15; and Darrell and Trisha Porter, Usk, gave $10.
If you can contribute, the newspaper will print your name, address and donation as a way of thanking you for your gift, and as a way of accounting for all the money we receive. If you prefer, anonymity is granted, with only the dollar amount published.
All of the money is distributed to Catholic Charities and the Volunteers of America, nonprofit agencies that work with the Salvation Army to manage the Christmas Bureau.
That means your donation is tax-deductible.
Also, nothing from your money is withheld for overhead expenses - because there are none. The work is done by volunteers in a donated building.
The Christmas Bureau, in the former J.C. Penney store at U-City this year, is where those who need help go to register.
Volunteers record their names and family size in a computer; distribute food vouchers (between $20 and $50, depending on the number of people in the family); and allow parents select toys or games for their children.
, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: WHERE TO DONATE Please mail a check today to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund, Fourth Floor Newsroom, 999 W. Riverside, P.O. Box 516, Spokane, WA 99210. Or, if you prefer, leave it with the guard in the Review Tower’s lobby, or bring it to the newsroom on the fourth floor.