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December 9, 2009 in City
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Chase Larson, 4, and his mother, Cathy Foster, enjoy the holiday sounds of Dick Townsend, left, and his group Inspiration as they sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to the long line of folks waiting at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center for the Christmas Bureau’s opening day Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009.

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Christmas Bureau recipients hold their place in line during opening day Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center.

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The singing group “Inspiration” entertains people waiting at the Christmas Bureau on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. The group includes, from left, Dick Townsend, Bob Billings, Dick Solberg and Don Tipke.

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Dottie Instasi, 32, and her 7 month-old daughter, Izzaybella Grace, make their way through the toy-selection area of the Christmas Bureau on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center.

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Christena Evens brought her 2 year-old twins, Jaelyah and Jaicie, to the Christmas Bureau on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. The children each received a book before their mother took them to the toy selection area at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center.

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Arnautovic Ajsa, Cindy Beard and her son, Bryson, pore over the book selection at the Christmas Bureau on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. Beard was picking out books for nine children, and Ajsa was looking for her two children.

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Christmas Bureau volunteers Dave Darling and Johna Packebush restock the toy area with a girl’s vanity Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. The item was diffulcult to keep on the floor because it was so popular with the bureau’s recipients.

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The Rev. Kenny St. Hiliare helps stock toys at the Christmas Bureau on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. St. Hiliare is the co-chairman of the bureau.