Thanks to readers’ donations, the Christmas Fund now stands at $184,572.39.
The goal is to raise $525,000 by the end of the year, the amount the Christmas Bureau needs to pay for holiday gifts for thousands of families in need.
The Spokesman-Review editorial department gave $1,351.60 raised through its “freebie sale.”
Yvonne Hayes, of Spokane Valley, donated $1,000 in honor of her parents, Ernie and Georgia Ellersick. She wrote that she was able to donate thanks to friends Lucille Ryder, Emma and George Berkel and aunt June Sivara.
Colleen and Thomas Tracy, of Spokane, gave $1,000 “in thanks to The Spokesman-Review for this tradition and to Northwest Farm Credit Services for a wonderful career.”
Steve Smitherman, of Spokane, gave $500 in memory of his wife, Lisa Marie Smitherman, a teacher at Wilson Elementary School. “Lisa loved teaching her first-graders and giving to others, especially at Christmas,” he wrote. A “longtime farmer” gave $500 “in loving memory of my folks and brother.”
Others who gave $500: Ted and Barbara Morse, of Spokane; the Michelson family; Spokane Production Service; BPS Supply Co., of Spokane, and its employees.
Dorothy and Robert Putz, of Spokane, gave $300 in memory of Jack. Tim and Sally Quirk, of Spokane, also gave $300. They wrote a note thanking bureau volunteer Nancy Gillespie, who helped design the bureau’s computer system “and continues to volunteer long hours.”
Donald Moore, of Spokane, gave $250, as did an anonymous donor from Spokane. Joe and Pam Ridlington, of Mead, also gave $250. “Our thanks to all the volunteers who organize and work so hard to make this happen,” they wrote.
Beverly Honeycutt, of Spokane Valley, gave $200 in memory of her husband, Bill Honeycutt. Also giving $200: David and Cathy Williams, of Spokane Valley; and Bill and Dorene Reynolds, of Spokane, “in loving memory of Ed and Dorothy Humes and Iris Westwood.”
The staff of the Inside-N-Out Hand Car Wash gave $150 “with compassion for those with less.”
Sandra Hatch, of Spokane, gave $125.
Spokane residents who gave $100: Gerald Rein; Bruce and Frances Rogers; Bruce and Sharon Anthony; Thomas Caswell, in honor of Keenan Loughery; Pam Medley and Randy Ulberg; Roger and Sandra Kruse; Theresa Hansen; Joan Williams, in memory of Marianne Daily, “who always gave”; D.J. and Karen Merritt; Larry and Kathleen Treffry; Ralph and Catherine Coston; Tom Mewborn; and William and Kathryn Kuch. Armstrong & O’Brien LLP, of Spokane, also gave $100.
Spokane Valley residents who gave $100: an anonymous donor; John and Marilyn Miller; Virginia Besemer; an anonymous donor, in memory of Vera Actor, who “gave faithfully every year”; Linda and Gary Faire; and Nancy Stone.
Others who gave $100: Gene, Mary Ann and Larry Emmert, of Medical Lake, and an anonymous donor from Nine Mile Falls, who gave in memory of Bill Horvath. Jim Bauer & Sons Farms, of Uniontown, Wash., gave $100.
Libbie Coleman, of Spokane Valley, gave $96.80 via PayPal.
An anonymous donor from Spokane Valley gave $75.
Erin O’Halloran-Foerg gave $57.96 via PayPal.
Spokane residents who gave $50: Donald Gale Jr.; Jean and K.A. Flechel; an anonymous donor; Gregory and Jeanne King; Tom and Shannon Frasher; Jody Leifer; and Dudley Mizoguchi, in memory of John Traynor.
Teresa and Bob Olson, of Newman Lake, gave $50 in memory of their daughter Becky Olson. Others who gave $50: Mary Cannon and Joe Hanson, of Nine Mile Falls; an anonymous donor from Liberty Lake; Janet and Ed Bryan, of Loon Lake; an anonymous donor, in memory of Julie and Marlene; and Mark McFall, of Colbert.
An anonymous donor gave $35.
Michael and Joan Shanks, of Spokane, gave $30.
Pollyanna Gormsen, of Spokane Valley, gave $25.
Robert Stevens gave $23.97 via PayPal.
Giving $20: Scott and Carrie Rider, of Spokane Valley; Kathleen Winters, of Cheney; and three separate anonymous donors.
Six-year-old Ty Felker, of Spokane Valley, gave $16 – the contents of his piggy bank.
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