The Christmas Bureau opens Saturday morning at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, but more than 350 needy people have already been given food vouchers for holiday dinners.
The bureau distributes grocery vouchers, toys and children’s books to the area’s poor people. The needy who are house-bound can apply to have food vouchers mailed to them. The average monthly income of the house-bound recipients is $519, said Theresa Dryden, Catholic Charities bureau coordinator.
Catholic Charities, which operates the bureau, also handles the distribution of vouchers to the house-bound poor.
Most mailed vouchers go to people living alone, so the voucher amount is $15. The bureau does not provide toys, books or a bag of candy to shut-ins.
The value of vouchers already distributed totals more than $5,900. That means The Spokesman-Review’s Christmas Fund now has bills to pay. Generous donations to the fund pay for the 10,000 food vouchers and 16,000 new toys given to poor families to make their Christmas a little brighter.
Donations totaling $3,791 brought the fund to $47,477. Much more is needed to reach the goal of $485,000, which is the amount organizers estimate will be needed to pay the bills this year. Donations of all amounts are welcome.
Following are the donations and donors. (Donations made online were subject to a PayPal handling fee.):
Kilgore Architectural Products, of Spokane, donated $1,000.
An anonymous donor, of Spokane, sent $300 in memory of Mama C., Thelma and Shilo.
C.J. Pounder Jr., of Spokane, donated $250.
Lorraine Burghard, of Moses Lake, donated $200 “in memory of my daughter, Vicki Burghard, who loved the children and always gave to the unfortunate, and my mother, Coral Seibel, who always gave to the Christmas Fund.”
Hugh and Mary Johnston donated $200, as did Loren Gothberg, and an anonymous donor, all of Spokane.
Charles Lobdell, of Spokane, sent $200 in memory of Marie W. Lobdell. “Marie was an orphan as a child and grew up to be a grade school teacher. She loved children and her thoughts were that no child should experience Christmas without a gift,” wrote Lobdell.
Anonymous donors from Spokane and Colbert each gave $150.
An anonymous donor, of Spokane, gave $100 in memory of Charles Schmeltzer, “a faithful supporter of the Christmas Fund.”
Duane and Raynell Lewis, of Spokane Valley, donated $100, as did Jeff and Brenda Danner, also of Spokane Valley.
William Pemberton, of Spokane, donated $100 in memory of his wife, Dorothy.
Michael and Jennifer Brandt, of Spokane Valley, donated $96.80 through PayPal.
Jerri and William Brooker, of Spokane, donated $60.
Charlotte Greene, of Spokane Valley, donated $50 in memory of Frank Greene.
Greg and Patti Woehrle, of Spokane Valley, sent $50, as did Lorin and Alice Love, of Mead.
Martin Bavuso, of Spokane, sent $50 and a note: “I would like to make this donation in memory of Kit King, one of the most talented photographers The Spokesman-Review has had the honor of employing. He departed this life much too early. I would also like to thank The Spokesman-Review for sponsoring this very needed cause. As a former employee, it makes me proud to say that I worked for the S-R for almost 34 years and I hope to be volunteering to help with the Christmas Bureau in the near future.”
Beatrice Scheele, of Spokane, sent $40.
Sara Lindgren, of Spokane, gave $35.
William and Gelene Griffiths, of Nine Mile Falls, gave $30, as did an anonymous donor, of Spokane.
Betty Thompson, of Spokane, donated $25, as did Margaret Tollackson, also of Spokane.
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