More than 200 volunteers, many in blue Christmas Bureau sweat shirts, completed final preparations Friday for this morning’s opening of the charity at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center.
After a pizza and salad lunch, the volunteers gathered around the computers, in the toy room and toy-bagging area, at the identification tables and in the child-care room to review details of the operation.
The bureau opens at 10 a.m. today to give the fixings of a brighter Christmas to area poor people. Carol Speltz, the volunteer bureau director, said all the run-throughs went smoothly and the bureau is ready to go.
The Christmas Fund, which pays for the toys and food vouchers given out at the bureau, needs many more generous donors to reach the goal of $485,000. Donations totaling $5,310 bounced the fund to $96,292. Donations of all amounts are welcome.
Following are the donations and their donors:
Michael and Virginia Berg, of Spokane, sent $1,700 and a note: “Thank you for making this possible.”
An anonymous donor, of Chattaroy, sent $620.
An anonymous donor, of Spokane Valley, gave $500.
Andrea and Clay Clausen, of Spokane, donated $300.
Wesley and Dorothy Newbill, of Otis Orchards, donated $200, as did an anonymous donor, of Veradale.
The Skaufel family, of Veradale, donated $185.
Mary and David Larsen, of Spokane, gave $150, as did Margaret Miller, also of Spokane.
Keith and Sara Gehr, of Spokane, sent $100, as did Steve Johnson and Anita Kernie, Harriett and Lloyd Jacobson, and an anonymous donor, also all of Spokane; Myron and Metta Johnson, of Spokane Valley; and an anonymous donor, of Deer Park.
An anonymous donor, of Spokane, gave $100 in memory of her husband and in honor of her granddaughter.
Donna Roloff, of Spokane, gave $100 as a memorial to Ken Trent, the longtime director of the Volunteers of America and of the Christmas Bureau.
Ralph and Sandra Laws, of Cheney, donated $75, as did George and Ruth Swan, of Spokane Valley.
William and Elfrieda Mullin, of Spokane, donated $50, as did A. and J. Sedgwick, of Coeur d’Alene; and Spokane Cascade Park MHOA-District 11. Theresa Hansen, of Spokane, sent $50 in memory of her mom, Eileen Hansen.
Don and Joy Pentas, of Spokane, donated $35.
Ruth Miller, of Spokane, gave $30 in memory of Charles Miller, a husband and father.
Doris Matsch, of Spokane, donated $25, as did Bob and Marilyn Keen, of Liberty Lake.
Paul Scott, of Spokane, gave $20, as did an anonymous donor.