Led by a large gift from Cochrane & Co., new donations to the Christmas Fund totaled $11,141.27. The Christmas Fund now stands at $179,199.28.
Cochrane & Co., of Spokane, donated $7,500. “This is one of our favorite charities to donate to because of the amount of people, in our community, that benefit,” Tom Cochrane wrote.
Anonymous donors gave $970.70 via PayPal in memory of their parents, Allen Hulverson and Roy and Shirley Anderson. Also donating $200: the Inland Empire Nurses Association; and the Spokane Falls Chapter No. 34 of the International Footprint Association.
Erlene Manning, of Spokane, donated $150. “The Spokane area is so lucky to have such a wonderful holiday tradition,” she wrote. Mike and Kathy Eaton, of Spokane, also gave $150.
Spokane residents who gave $100: Teri Hansen, “in memory of my mom, Eileen”; an anonymous couple; Ray and Patricia Long; Elinor Iverson; Kirk and Janet Bierwagen; Donna Troyer; and Kent and Leah Aggers.
Also giving $100: Veterinary Surgical Specialists, of Spokane; Gayle Ray; and Don and Joan Morse, of Spokane Valley. Harry and Carla Davis, of Medical Lake, gave $100 and sent a note thanking coordinators for their efforts: “This worthy program goes a long ways towards making Christmas a little better for those who aren’t as fortunate as others.”
Neil Krause donated $96.80 via PayPal.
Spokane residents who gave $50: Bonnie Orcutt; Michael and Sandra Povich; Dalton and Karen Jassman; an anonymous donor; and Kevin and Tammy Von Steuben, who wrote: “We want to thank all of the volunteers for their hard work. It is a precious gift to our families in need.”
The women of Zion Lutheran Church of Fairfield donated $50 “to those who need extra help this Christmas.”
An anonymous donor from Spokane gave $40.
Betty Wolf, of Spokane, donated $30.
Robert Stevens donated $29.80 via PayPal.
An anonymous couple from Mead gave $25.
An anonymous donor from Silverdale, Wash., gave $25 in memory of her mother, who died in August and “always contributed to the fund anonymously to help others in need.”
Ellen Brownell, of Spokane, gave $25, as did Elaine Marks, of Spokane. Her daughter wrote a note accompany the donation from Marks, who recently became blind: “She said she felt so fortunate to have read so many books in her lifetime! Here’s to helping others and hopefully establishing positive reading habits in some of our region’s children.”
Terry Sulpzio donated $23.97 via PayPal.
Helen Hanshaw, of Spokane, sent $20 and a note: “I want to thank Local 270 president and vice president for their hard work in helping others. – Mother of the vice president.” Konny and Gregory Sinton, of Spokane, also gave $20.
An anonymous donor gave $10.
sponsored According to two 2015 surveys, 62 percent of Americans do not have enough savings to handle an unexpected emergency, much less any long-term plans.