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Christmas Fund gets donation head start

The first donations to this year’s Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund have reached $9,605.90, thanks to the generosity of area residents.

The charity’s goal is $485,000, which is used to pay for grocery store vouchers and new toys distributed at the Christmas Bureau to the area’s poor.

All of the donations reported today were received earlier this year.

Many arrived in January, too late for last year’s Christmas Fund, so the money goes toward this year’s effort. The Christmas Bureau opens Dec. 8 at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center.

All donations and the names of the donors will be reported in daily stories in The Spokesman-Review.

Donors who wish to remain anonymous should indicate their wishes on a note included with the donation. Contributions of all amounts are welcome.

The Klave Family Foundation, of Spokane Valley, sent $5,000 to the Christmas Fund, giving the charity a big boost.

Following are additional donations that were received after last year’s Christmas Fund closed:

John and Margaret McKenna, of Mead, donated $1,500.

The Clarence Colby Memorial Fund, of Spokane, donated $1,305.90.

An anonymous donor, of Spokane, sent $1,000.

The Social Ministries Commission of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, of Spokane, sent $100 and a note: “The members of our parish community are most appreciative of the work you do for the vulnerable members of our larger community. We are pleased to make this contribution to support your efforts and wish you blessings and joy in the coming year,” wrote Dick St. John, chair of the Social Ministries Commission.

Steven Socha, of Spokane, donated $100, as did Marilyn and Al Morgan, of Seven Bays, Wash., and two anonymous donors, both of Spokane.

Charles and Sally Bailey, of Spokane, sent $70.

Bruce Saffery, of Seattle, sent $50, as did Leslie and Judith Buchholz, of McMinnville, Ore., and an anonymous donor, of Spokane.

Don Secor, of Spokane, brought $30 to The Spokesman-Review.

Diane and Robert Perry, of Spokane, sent $25 and a note: “I am proud to say that when I asked my 11-year-old son what he wanted for Christmas, he responded that he wanted to give money to charity. Yours was the best one we could think of to represent the true meaning of Christmas,” wrote Diane Perry.

An anonymous donor, of Spokane, also donated $25.