Like most charitable efforts, The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund depends heavily on donors who contribute year after year. Among the consistent groups of donors is the faculty and staff of University High School in Spokane Valley.
The educators sent $920 and a letter: “In what has become an annual tradition, the faculty and staff of University High School have dedicated themselves to helping those less fortunate during the holiday season. We are proud to show our Titan spirit and would like to present this donation of $920 to share with the needy in the Spokane area.
“We put forth a challenge to any other local school to meet or beat our efforts. We thank you for what you do for others.”
JMA Commercial Real Estate LLC, also a repeat donor, sent $1,000. “We are pleased to be able to continue our tradition of giving to the fund,” wrote owner Jamie Traeger. “In lieu of giving gifts to my customers, clients and tenants this year, I am instead giving this donation on behalf of my clients, customers, and the tenants of the properties that I manage. I truly appreciate your efforts every year to provide as many local families as possible with the means to have a happy holiday season. Best wishes for a successful campaign.”
The University High and JMA donations helped push the daily total to $7,045.80, bumping the Christmas Fund to $103,741.05. Much more is needed as the Christmas Bureau reopens today to distribute the fixings of Christmas to the area’s needy families. The goal is to raise $485,000, the amount that organizers estimate is needed to pay for the toys and food vouchers given out at the bureau.
Donations of all amounts are welcome. Donors and their donations are reported in the newspaper. Donors who wish to remain anonymous should indicate their wishes on the donor check or in an accompanying note. Following are the donors and their donations.
George and Carol Sullivan, of Colbert, donated $500 in memory of Skip and Iva Louderback.
John and Janet Peterson, of Spokane, sent $500, as did an anonymous donor, also of Spokane.
Ronald and Diane Kaufman, of Spokane, donated $375.
Anonymous donors, of Spokane, sent $350 in memory of their mothers, “who always made Christmas special.”
The Urquharts, of Spokane, donated $300.
Fay and Carmel Johnstone, of Spokane, gave $250.
Marlene Allen, of Liberty Lake, donated $228.
Dick and Trudy Raymond, of Spokane, gave $200 in memory of their parents, Tom and Eva Marie Raymond, and Don and Winnie Thomson. Joyce and Al Harper, of Priest River, Idaho, also donated $200.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Kelly, of Spokane, donated $150 in the names of Tate, Parker, Clay and Kayla.
Ron and Naomi Franklin, of Spokane, donated $125.
Elinor Iverson, of Spokane, donated $100, as did Mrs. Harry Woods, Annette Kuntz, Loretta Bremer, and an anonymous donor, also all of Spokane.
Gary, Calvin and Carly Crooks donated $100 in memory of Laura.
Maren Kuest, of Spokane, gave $100 in memory of Loris Kuest. Tracy and Susan Anderson, of Spokane Valley, sent $100 in honor of their grandparents, Ray and Rozella Mohney.
Neil Worrall donated $96.80 through PayPal.
Jacqueline Whipps, of Spokane, donated $75 in memory of Virg and Edna Whipps.
Myra and Donald White, of Spokane, donated $50, as did Verda Coryell, and two anonymous donors, all of Spokane. Kris Spelman, of Spokane, sent $50 in memory of her grandmother, Violet Burgunder, and her great aunt, Elsie Altin.
Lee Dunton donated $48.25 through PayPal.
An anonymous donor, of Spokane, donated $35.
Mary Wilson, of Newport, Wash., sent $25, as did Meryl and Marylin Bauer, and Robert and Ruby Wohrle, all of Spokane.
William Silverthorne, of Spokane, sent $20, as did an anonymous donor, of Nine Mile Falls, and an anonymous donor, of Spokane.
An anonymous donor brought $7.75 in pennies to the newspaper.