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Big gift brings Christmas Fund goal closer

Travis Pattern & Foundry makes $30,000 donation

The Christmas Fund has blown past the $300,000 mark thanks to Travis Pattern & Foundry.

The Spokane company’s owners and employees donated $30,000, money the company would have otherwise spent on a Christmas party, President Travis Garske wrote.

“We hope we can help make Spokane a little brighter for some Spokane families,” Garske wrote.

The fund, which now stands at $317,605.44, pays the bills at the annual Christmas Bureau, a 10-day charity event that ends today. Its fundraising goal is $500,000.

The doors open today at 10 a.m. and close at 2:30. The event distributes grocery vouchers, toys and food to anyone who feels the need, as long as they meet ID requirements. While the bureau will close this afternoon, donations still will be accepted.

Other new donations:

Carly and Calvin Crooks, of Spokane, gave $100 “in memory of Mom.”

More Spokane residents who gave $100: an anonymous donor; Bob and Gerry Conrad, in memory of Virginia Wood; and Mark Houston.

Another anonymous donor also gave $100.

An anonymous donor from Spokane gave $75 “in honor of my ‘TLC sisters.’ ”

An anonymous donor from Spokane gave $70.

Spokane residents who gave $50: an anonymous donor, who wrote, “Merry Christmas”; Karol Kaye; and another anonymous donor.

Donald Lenhardt, of Newman Lake, also gave $50, as did James and Denise Davies, of Spokane Valley.

Clarice and Glen Suko, of Veradale, donated $30 “in honor of Carol and Karl Speltz for their past years of service to the Christmas Fund.”

Gerald and Pearl Hansen, of Spokane Valley, gave $25. “We wish it could be more, but we are helping our own family this year,” they wrote. “Every little bit helps out.” An anonymous donor from Spokane also gave $25.

An anonymous donor gave $20.

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