Donations keep rolling in
Donations to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund set a record on Christmas Day. Donations totaling $9,833 received since Christmas bumped the fund to $566,343 when it closed for the year Friday.
Donations received too late to be deposited Friday will be applied to the 2008 Christmas Fund and will be reported in the newspaper after Thanksgiving.
The Christmas Bureau and the Christmas Fund had a record-setting year. The bureau made Christmas merrier for more than 32,400 needy people from 125 ZIP codes. More than a third of the families live in three Spokane neighborhoods: Hillyard, Shadle and Logan.
Of the families that went to the bureau for toys and food vouchers, more than 1,700 live in the ZIP code that includes Hillyard. The Shadle and Logan neighborhoods each had about 1,000 families served by the bureau.
Bureau organizers anticipate that donations will more than cover the bills for the toys and food vouchers distributed in December. Any funds remaining will also go toward the next Christmas Fund effort.
Following are the donations received after Christmas Eve and their donors (online donations are subject to a 3.2 percent PayPal fee):
The employees of Garco Construction, of Spokane, gave $4,460.
An anonymous donor, of Spokane, gave $4,000.
The owners of the College Terrace Apartments near Spokane Falls Community College donated $300 “to help those less fortunate during this Christmas season.”
Jillian Chandler donated $195 via PayPal.
Bill and Thelma Johnson, of Heron, Mont., sent $115.
Doris Engstrom, of Spokane, donated $100, as did Marilyn and Al Morgan, of Seven Bays, Wash.; NNN Investments, LLC, of Twisp, Wash.; an anonymous donor from Spokane; and an anonymous donor from Airway Heights.
Debbie Zimmerman donated $53.10 via PayPal.
The Northwest Treasure Hunters Club, of Spokane, donated $50, as did an anonymous donor, of Spokane Valley; and an anonymous donor, of Mead.
An anonymous donor, of Spokane, gave $40.
Diana Downing, of Chewelah, Wash., gave $25, as did Charles and Kristy McCoy, of Veradale.
An anonymous donor, of Spokane Valley, gave $20.