Toys and food vouchers given to more than 10,000 needy families through the Christmas Bureau represent thousands of gifts from the community to its poor. Donations to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund pay for those Christmas gifts. Some donors say writing checks to the Christmas Fund is a family tradition. Some donate as a way of paying back the kindness others have shown them.
Spokane residents Nels and Doloris Nelson and their family sent $200 to the fund. “Nels and his family received food and toys in 1936 from generous people,” they wrote. “We would like to share that experience with others.”
Karen Dahl-Darling, of Spokane, also donated $200 and shared memories of her father. “I am sending this check in memory of my father, Lt. Col. Raymond Dahl, who passed away on Oct. 28. He was stationed twice at Fairchild in his long career as a pilot and he was away from our family a lot as I was growing up,” Dahl-Darling wrote.
“Christmas was always a special time, though, and he always made it fun for us and the other kids in the neighborhood. He was always generous with his money and his time and taught us how important it was to support our friends and community. I will miss him dearly this Christmas and can think of no better way to honor his memory than with a donation to the wonderful Christmas Bureau. Thank you for your good works. It is the spirit of Christmas,” she wrote.
Following are additional donors and the amounts of their donations:
Bill and Jody Franks, of Spokane, donated $150, as did an anonymous donor, of Spokane, in honor of Lisa Portrey and Garth Mason.
Karen and Steve Heaps, of Spokane Valley, gave $150 in honor of Dr. Bill Gray. “We challenge other members of his Healing Team to contribute in his name, also,” they wrote.
Lea Thompson and family, of Colville, sent $150 in memory of her husband, Glen I. Thompson. “He passed away on March 6. He was a great guy who was loved and liked by all who knew him. He is missed a lot by us all.”
Ronald and Naomi Franklin, of Spokane, gave $125.
Shirley Dicus and Larry and Bella Dicus, of Spokane, donated $120 and Ron and Diane Dicus added another $20, “helping to make a community of smiles for a merry Christmas,” they wrote.
John and Sherry Gaiser, of Spokane, donated $110.
An anonymous donor, of Spokane, donated $105 in memory of Dorothy Gordon.
Donald and Eleanor Limmer, of Liberty Lake, donated $100, as did Alfred and Carol Stopp, John and Donna Leaming, Kirsten and Michael Harrington, Brent Hoogner and Gay Waldman-Hoogner, Bert Jacobson, Al and Eadie Olsen, and Ned and Linda Barnes, all of Spokane.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hudson, of Clayton, Wash., gave $100, as did Caldwell Concrete Co., of Veradale; Dale Willis, of Post Falls; Gloria Knauss, of Spokane Valley; and John and Dolores Skelton, Phillip and Marilyn Sandberg, W.T. and Charlotte Ardis, Donna and Del Topoll, Alan and Yvonne Edmunds, and seven anonymous donors, all of Spokane.
Morris Gaylord, of Las Vegas, sent $100 in memory of his mother, Myrtle Gaylord. “For over 30 years she was a reporter for the Spokane Daily Chronicle,” he wrote.
Ruth Lambert, of Spokane, sent $100, “wishing it could be more,” she wrote. Linda Cannon, of Newport, Wash., sent $100 and best wishes to all those in need. Chris Carroll, of Spokane, sent $100 in memory of her parents, Joseph and Lorna Carroll. An anonymous donor, of Spokane, gave $100 in memory of Charles and Opal McCoy.
Elinor Iverson, of Spokane, donated $100 in memory of Jack Iverson. An anonymous Spokane electrician sent $100 in memory of his wife and the life they had here. “May it help others,” he wrote.
Robert and Maureen O’Brien, of Spokane Valley, donated $100 in honor of their first granddaughter, Abigail. James and Carrie Clanton sent $100 in honor of the military.
The employees of Falco’s in the Spokane Valley donated $100 in honor of their owners, Louie and Kristi Falco. “We hope this will help bring joy to families in need this holiday season,” they wrote.
Randy and Mary Huggins, of Spokane, donated $100 in memory of Mary’s mother Audrey Pfitzner, “who was always giving of herself and to those in need,” and in memory of Charles and Virginia Huggins, “whose love of Christmas and friends will be carried on.”
J.P. Byorth, of Billings, donated $100 in honor of Judy and Bruce Butler. Frank and Jeanette Ide, of Spokane, sent $100 in honor of Irene Horrigan. “She will be delighted, knowing she is helping others, again,” they wrote.
The Kershners, of Spokane, sent $100, “remembering the spirit of Christmas, past and present.” Theresa Hansen, of Spokane, donated $100 in memory of her mom. Dave and Carol Bray, of Spokane, donated $100 in memory of Carol’s parents, George and Carol Voek, and their tradition of charitable giving.
Jan Goehner, of Spokane, donated $100 in memory of Lucille Goehner.
Don Busch donated $96.80 via PayPal, as did Jeri Cross, and Frank DePonty, in the name of the Rosendahl family.
R.K. and Eva Akers, of Spokane, donated $80.
William and Jerri Brooker, of Spokane, sent $75. An anonymous donor, of Deer Park, sent $75 in lieu of gifts to his parents in Osburn, Idaho.
Harvey and Dorothy Lochhead, of Spokane, donated $65.
Douglas Jayne donated $57.96 via PayPal.
Gordon and Terri Radford, of Hayden, donated $50, as did Jeffrey and Judy Koons, Lisa Werner, Ray and Helen Liberg, Trece and Keith Turpin, Todd Hamm, Chuck and Janet Hafner, and seven anonymous donors, all of Spokane.
Gary Fiscus, of Liberty Lake, gave $50, as did Steven and Janis Reed, Rocky and Bonnie Elliott, Elizabeth and Dave Krise, all of Spokane; Raelee Easton, and Alan and Diane Bisson, all of Spokane Valley; and James Hitter, of Liberty Lake.
Joyce Callaway, of Medical Lake, sent $50 and thanks for the “many volunteers who work hard so families have a better Christmas.” Harriet Watkins, of Spokane, donated $50 in memory of her husband, Zeke, and son, Mike. Two anonymous donors, of Spokane Valley, each gave $50.
Susan Reinhardt donated $48.25 via PayPal, as did Judy Colbert and Benjamin Rowe. Judy Colbert gave $48.25 via PayPal in memory of her father, Lyle Bossuyt, “who always had the Christmas spirit,” she wrote.
The HHC, of Spokane, donated $37.
Robert and Ardis Pettibon, of Sandpoint, sent $35 on behalf of Marilyn Rowlette. Clara Mather, of Spokane Valley, sent $35, as did an anonymous donor, of Spokane.
Francis and Agnes Gonder, of Spokane Valley, donated $30, as did Andre and Rhonda Ney, also of Spokane Valley; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Taylor, and an anonymous donor, all of Spokane.
Thelma Ostby, of Chattaroy, Wash., sent $30 in memory of her husband, Julius Ostby, who passed away this month.
Adolph Borth donated $23.97 via PayPal.
Victoria Laurence, of Spokane, donated $25, as did Beverly Petrovich, Wayne and Nancy Wright, and two anonymous donors, all of Spokane; James and Retha Lucas, of Cheney; J. Supinger, of Medical Lake; an anonymous donor, of Pullman; and an anonymous donor, of Spokane Valley. Laura and William Nestoss, of Greenacres, donated $25, “in hopes it will help make Christmas a little easier for others at this time of year,” they wrote.
Jay, Debbie, Zack and Jenna Humphrey, of Spokane, gave $25 in memory of Vera Romero and Mary Roush. Ruth Miller and MacKay Miller, of Spokane, donated $25 in memory of husband and father, Charles Miller. An anonymous donor, of Spokane Valley, donated $25, “in memory of my friend, Pam.” Dianne Payne, of Spokane, gave $25 in memory of Walt and Claudia Dorsey.
Joan and Robert Leeds, of Spokane, donated $20 in memory of Dale Conboy. An anonymous donor, of Spokane, also gave $20.
Dorothy Martin, of Spokane, donated $15 in honor of Jack Eskeberg and the Hoo Hoo Woodworkers, who make the 800 wooden toy cars for children at the Christmas Bureau. “He does not accept any money for what he does and suggested I send it to the Christmas Fund,” she wrote.
An anonymous donor, of Cheney, gave $10.