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  • Final burst of generosity

    Money’s tight, but the Inland Northwest remains generous: The Christmas Fund met its goal and then some. A hefty donation from Avista Corp. helped put the fund over the top.


  • Still time to make Christmas Fund donations

    Today is the last day to donate online to this year’s Christmas Fund. Readers can donate via PayPal at spokesman.com/sections/ christmas-fund . PayPal deducts a small amount for its services.


  • Thanks to you, and you, and …

    This morning, thanks to you, thousands of kids are getting something for Christmas. You know who you are. You stepped into the newspaper’s office to deliver your check or your …


  • Fundraising goal in sight for Christmas Fund

    Garco Construction has donated $30,000 to the Christmas Fund – a gift made in gratitude, according to the Spokane company’s leaders. Along with work for private clients, the company completed …


  • Bulk of bureau’s 10,700 recipients from Spokane

    They came from near and far, but mostly near. Preliminary numbers from this year’s Christmas Bureau show that the vast majority of the adults and children served live in Spokane …


  • Christmas Fund gets boost from $15,000 donation

    Thanks to $15,000 from AmericanWest Bank, of Spokane, and gifts from more than 100 others, the Christmas Fund is inching closer to its goal. The fund pays the bills for …


  • Bureau wraps up season, but fundraising continues

    People served by the Christmas Bureau: More than 35,000. Money still to raise after today’s fundraising tally: More than $150,000.


  • Big gift brings Christmas Fund goal closer

    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 …


  • Musical wife-husband duo among acts entertaining bureau lines

    Singer Sissy Starr wore big crystal-studded glasses with pink lenses to the Christmas Bureau last week. At performance time, she stood behind a custom-built electronic sound system topped by a …


  • For poor, Christmas Bureau aid makes big difference

    Once she’s done with radiation and chemotherapy, Tricia Stannard hopes to study business. That way she can team up with her husband, who takes auto mechanics classes, to form a …


  • Donors bring children’s Christmas hopes closer

    Are we there yet? No, but we’re halfway there. Considering the ambitious goal – to raise $500,000 to help struggling families at Christmas – that’s impressive progress. Donations to the …


  • Teens help with Christmas Bureau child care

    Ben Donnelly, 16, has a trick when it comes to child care: Build towers out of Mega Bloks – way over his own head – and let the kids knock …


  • faith in generosity

    Michael Goldstein was the only man in a yarmulke at the Christmas Bureau on Tuesday. Temple Beth Shalom’s new rabbi called the event “a beautiful thing.”


  • Low overhead keeps donations headed toward those in need

    People served at the Christmas Bureau operate on tight budgets. So does the Christmas Bureau. The bureau’s business expenses total 4.3 percent or less of its budget – meaning donated …


  • When it comes to kids’ literary wish lists, she’s got it covered

    Tana Carosella, 67, stood ready behind stacks of books at the Christmas Bureau, greeting parents and asking their children’s ages and interests. At the table for the littlest kids, ages …


  • Christmas Fund: New donations

    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 …


  • Volunteers, mostly retirees, relish returning to Christmas Bureau

    They give, and they get. Most of them retirees, the hundreds of volunteers at the Christmas Bureau give their time, and they give the benefit of their experience. They are …


  • Chill gives way to warmth

    For a little kid, a wait in a long line can seem endless – tragic, even, to one boy who’d thrown himself on the ground Friday morning and begun to …


  • Bureau provides toys, vouchers for 5,000-plus on opening day

    In a line two and four people wide and extending from the Christmas Bureau into the fairgrounds parking lot, April Couturier stood near the end Thursday morning. That was after …


  • Loaded with toys, Christmas Bureau opens

    Towers of toys, tables stacked with children’s books, and a small army of volunteers are ready for a crowd today at the Christmas Bureau. No hurry, though.


  • Christmas Bureau prepares for Thursday opening

    The first of five trucks stuffed with toys backed into a cavernous building just after 9 Tuesday morning, its trailer striped with green and red. Coincidence? Well, yes. That’s the …


  • Teddy Bear Toss a total score for kids

    The idea was to hurl teddy bears onto the ice when the Spokane Chiefs scored their first goal. But when a penalty was called just before Collin Valcourt knocked in …


  • New Christmas Fund donations

    The Spokesman-Review has received $18,207.50 in new donations toward its $500,000 Christmas Fund goal. The fund pays expenses at the Christmas Bureau, which opens Thursday to distribute food vouchers, toys …


  • Country Jammers’ dances generate Christmas Fund donation

    Starting six years ago, “a bunch of retired fellas and their wives” put together an accordion and a gutbucket, a harmonica and some vocals, and called it a band. Thanks …


  • Christmas Bureau coordinator makes pieces fit

    When the Christmas Bureau’s myriad moving parts begin to fall into place each year – the toys find their places on shelves, the coffee’s brewing – people like to say …


  • Clark: Good tidings on all fronts – and rears

    I wandered into a downtown Spokane bicycle shop the other day where I agreed to squat on a stool to have my rear end evaluated. The shop owners refer to …


  • Giving locally key to Teck American

    You’ve heard of buying locally and eating locally. The Christmas Fund offers a chance to give locally, to a charity whose influence is immediate and tangible. That’s important to repeat …


  • Just once has weather closed Christmas Bureau

    When it comes to the weather, all Christmas Bureau coordinators can do is pray – and, failing that, plan for all conditions. “We call in all our favors with God …


  • Christmas Bureau’s shoppers on top of what’s hot

    Their Christmas list is 18,000 people long – and they were finished in June. Eight hundred toy trucks? Five hundred Barbies? Six hundred sleds?


  • Christmas Bureau helps the homebound too

    Alice Cross, 84, doesn’t get out much. She saves up her jokes. Have you heard the one about the prostitute and the cyclist? No problem. She has a string of …

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