Christmas Fund 1997 There’s So Little Time - And Still So Much To Give Christmas Fund Still $311,205 Short
OK, I’m getting a little nervous.
Through Wednesday, the total given to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund is $113,795.57. Christmas is exactly two weeks away. The goal is $425,000. That leaves $311,205 to raise in 14 days.
The fund has reached about the same amount as it had a year ago at this time, but it’s still nerve-racking to realize how much must be collected in a short time.
The need for the Christmas Fund becomes a stark reality every Dec. 10 when the Christmas Bureau opens and thousands of families needing help begin to arrive.
The Christmas Fund - the money you donate - is indeed a blessing to the hundreds and hundreds of people who will stand in line at the bureau in the University City mall before the bureau closes Dec. 23.
For every person who waits, there is a singular story of need.
And the same can be said for each gift donated to the Christmas Fund.
One Spokane couple generously contributes $1,000 each year, always requesting anonymity. This year’s contribution is signed, “With love from Bailey and Rudy on 28th,” the couple’s dogs.
This newspaper’s features department collected $1,493.75 for the Christmas Fund through a sale supported by employees throughout the building.
Charles and Patricia MacNeill, 13116 E. 23rd, gave $600 in memory of their grandson, Kevin Scott Austin.
Gifts of $500 were received from Judith Pfenninger, 2313 E. Brookfield Lane; the Telect Co. in Liberty Lake; Greg, Ann, Christie, Jennifer and Jonathan Hougham, 4328 S. Magnolia, with: “We hope to put a smile on someone’s face,” and two anonymous donations, including one in memory of Jim and Joe.
Selma and Eugene Young, 4004 N. Lincoln, gave $350, as did an anonymous donor. Barbara Allen gave $300, as did George and Patti Mitchell, 1209 E. Lyons; and Mrs. William Tombari, 2720 E. Sinto, gave in memory of her husband, William A. Tombari, “who always gave to the less fortunate.”
“Anonymous in AA” gave $250 “as the ninth-step amends.” Rowena and Norm Fredekind, 3223 S. Howard, gave $250; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Crabb, Cheney, gave $200, saying “Christmas was always a big event for our seven children. Trust this helps other children have a big Christmas.”
The Spokane Chapter of The American Women’s Society of Certified Public Accountants, an organization devoted to supporting the interests of women in accounting, gave $200, as did Dave and Sharen Robertson, 5024 E. Glenngrae Lane, who gave in memory of Austin McKenzie; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hines; and an anonymous donor. There was also a $175 anonymous gift.
The Happy Feet Cloggers gave $135 in the memory of Geri Tomson, who was “a bright star in our troupe and always ready to add her charm and artistic talents wherever needed,” wrote director Mary Ann Tripp.
Patrick and Kathleen Kelley, Colbert, gave $150 as did Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Walters, 6428 N. Fotheringham; Donna and John Leaming, 1411 S. Maple; and two anonymous donations, including one “in memory of my dear husband and my family who have gone before me.” Mr. and Mrs. Russell Rogers, 2929 S. Waterford Drive, gave $125.
Contributions of $100 came from John Evans, 4920 S. Easy Lane; Duane and Nola Steinke, Mead, with: “Just a little bit to help a lot. Thank you for the honor and privilege of being able to be a part of this wonderful venture.” Ruth and David Pearce, 1733 S. Southeast Blvd., gave $100, as did Dorothy Kirkwood, 8005 E. Longfellow; Theresa Murphy, 3516 W. Indian Trail Road, who gave “in loving memory of my husband, Pat Murphy.”
Other $100 gifts came from Chris and Karen Tollackson, 8710 N. Country Homes Blvd.; F. Gordon and Shirley Whitaker, Las Vegas; R.D. Manning, Veradale; Bob and Dolores Griffith, Veradale; Scott and Kristin Haynes for Dicky Duck Springs Inc., Colbert; Norene Phillipson, Veradale.”
Two sweet notes were written on one Christmas card: “Dear Peoples, I hope there is lots of presents under your tree!. Happy Holidays. Your friend, Ryan Torple (I’m in 4th grade and 9 years old).” and from Cailyn, 7, in the second grade, concerned about children of low-income parents: “I am sorry that some years you don’t get any presents, but you mit get one or more presents this year!” The children each gave $25, and the parents Ann and Scott Torple, 9018 N. Bradbury, gave $50.
Laurence and Joanna Kiewert, Kennewick, gave $100, as did Rex and Adeline Price, 6310 E. Sixth; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Bendix, 3204 W. Princeton; Lucile “Martin” Brand, 3917 N. Normandie, who wrote: “… Our mother taught all her family the value of helping others. Our home was always overflowing with extras - for care, home or schooling - so in her honor, I enclose my ‘help.”’
John and Janet Gray, 4521 E. Second, gave $100, along with George Dodds, 1810 E. 39th; Lt. Col. Pauline Hacker, 1224 W. Riverside; Ruth and Charles Garriott, Nine Mile Falls; Ronald White and Linda Moulder, Spokane; Bob and Helen Marksbury, 1328 W. Dalke; Laurie and Jim Anderson, 5321 N. Mill View; and four anonymous donations, who in memory of Deborah McBride McDowell.