Stories tagged: Christmas Bureau
Mon., Jan. 1, 2018, 6 a.m.
Generosity pushes Christmas Bureau above fundraising goal
Spokane’s generosity has come through again, just in time to boost the 2017 Christmas Bureau collection well over its fundraising goal. A total of $544,332.63 was raised, topping both the …
Mon., Dec. 25, 2017
Christmas Day dawns bright thanks to the Christmas Bureau, but donations are still needed
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 12:16 p.m.
Vets Garage on a mission to build wooden toy trucks for the Christmas Bureau
Sometimes it is the simple toys that are the best. Christmas Bureau volunteer Janet “Pinki” Culbertson recruited the Vets Garage to make simple wooden trucks for the Bureau this year.
Sat., Dec. 23, 2017
Local businesses work behind the scenes to keep the Christmas Bureau running
There are about 100 volunteers who keep the Christmas Bureau running smoothly each of the 10 days it is open. But behind the scenes are numerous businesses that also have …
Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 6 a.m.
Hundreds gather to pay respects to Father Frank Bach, an advocate for the poor and longtime supporter of the Christmas Bureau
Catholic priest Frank Bach, who spent decades in Spokane as a parish priest and a tireless advocate for the poor, died Saturday. Hundreds of priests, parishioners and those who knew …
Thu., Dec. 21, 2017
A little girl’s allowance goes to help the Christmas Bureau
Nine-year-old Emmeline Hirt has already learned about the true spirit of Christmas – it’s about giving, not receiving.
Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 6 a.m.
Number of Christmas Bureau recipients served nearly identical to last year; donations still needed
The 2017 Christmas Bureau has closed, but that doesn’t mean our work is done. Garco Construction has come through with its annual donation of $25,000, but there is still $134,250 …
Tue., Dec. 19, 2017
Last day of Christmas Bureau doesn’t end the need for donations
Monday was the final day of the 2017 Christmas Bureau at the Spokane County Fairgrounds, marking the first time the Bureau has ended on a Monday.
Mon., Dec. 18, 2017
The spirit of giving is a Christmas Bureau tradition
Grandma and Pa Pa Justus enjoyed giving to those in need at Christmas. Now that they have passed on, Justus Bag Company president Darin Justus has picked up the torch, …
Sun., Dec. 17, 2017
Local Arby’s feeds 100 Christmas Bureau volunteers every day
It takes about 100 volunteers a day to keep the Christmas Bureau running smoothy, providing food vouchers, toys and books for families who need help at Christmas. Feeding all those …
Sat., Dec. 16, 2017
Volunteer musicians rock the tunes at the Christmas Bureau
Part of getting into the Christmas spirit is the music, including classics like “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” “Let it Snow” and “Sweet Caroline.”
Fri., Dec. 15, 2017
Volunteer battles illness to help at the Christmas Bureau
As toys disappear from the tables at the Christmas Bureau, volunteer Rick Haynes is among the stockers who make sure the toys are continually replaced from the dwindling piles in …
Thu., Dec. 14, 2017
Mother who lost everything turns to Bureau to help make a Christmas for her daughter
Caroline Wilson sat in a folding metal chair Wednesday at the Christmas Bureau at the Spokane County Fairgrounds, her face tight and anxious.
Wed., Dec. 13, 2017
Generous donors give needed boost to Christmas Bureau
Donations for the Christmas Bureau have been coming in slowly even as the doors opened last week for the effort to provide new toys and books to thousands of children …
Tue., Dec. 12, 2017
Mom looks to Christmas Bureau for help with 11 children
Janet DeLeon had a long shopping list when she arrived at the Christmas Bureau first thing Monday morning. After all, she was shopping for 11 children.
Mon., Dec. 11, 2017
Christmas Bureau helps grandmother raising five grandchildren
Lesley Stevenson learned three years ago that sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned. At the age of 70 she got custody of five grandchildren and has been raising …
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
Spokane Chiefs Teddy Bear Toss provides thousands of bears for the Christmas Bureau
The 18th annual Spokane Chiefs Teddy Bear Toss rained an event-record 6,829 stuffed bears onto the ice Saturday night as a sold-out crowd of 10,059 hockey fans gave their annual …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 5:25 p.m.
Long lines greet first day of the Christmas Bureau
Christmas Bureau recipients began lining up at the Spokane County Fairgrounds long before the doors were scheduled to open at 10 a.m. and volunteers worked hard to open early at …
Fri., Dec. 8, 2017
Last minute volunteer training includes safety lesson at the Christmas Bureau
It’s time for the doors to open. The 2017 Christmas Bureau opens Friday morning at 10 a.m. at the Spokane County Fairgrounds for people looking for a little help at …
Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 6 a.m.
Freeman High School students continue tradition of helping at the Christmas Bureau
The Christmas Bureau was organized chaos Wednesday as volunteers gathered to unload trucks full of toys and set up the Bureau for another year of serving those in need at …
Wed., Dec. 6, 2017
Longtime Christmas Bureau gatekeeper runs on the smiles of children
Every October Janet “Pinki” Culbertson puts a bright streak of pink in her hair, but it’s not because of her childhood nickname. It’s to recognize breast cancer awareness month. But …
Tue., Dec. 5, 2017
Spokane law firm continues decades of giving to the Christmas Bureau
There are many Christmas Fund donors in the area who donate faithfully every year. Some give $50 or $100 while other contribute more. There are also quite a few businesses …
Mon., Dec. 4, 2017
Spokane County fairgrounds provide warm, spacious home for the Christmas Bureau
The Christmas Bureau has had many homes over the decades, often using a vacant building donated by whoever owned it.
Sun., Dec. 3, 2017
Cenex Zip Trip employees help make the holiday special at the Christmas Bureau
The Christmas Bureau has many loyal volunteers who return year after year and that includes a group of employees who work for Cenex Zip Trip. The company is among several …
Sat., Dec. 2, 2017
Christmas Bureau gains new partnership with Walmart
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a new toy under the tree and this year the Christmas Bureau has a new partner in providing discounted toys to children in need.
Fri., Dec. 1, 2017
Christmas Bureau volunteer roster is full and ready to serve
People have been contacting Catholic Charities to express interest in volunteering at this year’s Christmas Bureau, which is scheduled to open on Dec. 8, but there are no longer any …
Thu., Nov. 30, 2017
Not just for kids: Christmas Bureau provides help for single adults and people living outside Spokane County
The main goal of the Christmas Bureau is to provide food vouchers and toys to families with children, but single adults are also welcome to come by after the Bureau …
Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 6 a.m.
Former roofer finds joy in the Christmas Bureau
Fred Preston was working as a roofer in 1991 when then Volunteers of America director Ken Trent recruited him to provide a strong back to help set up the Christmas …
Tue., Nov. 28, 2017
Volunteers collect pajama donations for children served by the Christmas Bureau
Everyone gets excited about a new pair of children’s footie pajamas.
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
Late 2016 Christmas Bureau donations give boost to 2017 effort
Collecting donations for the Christmas Bureau, a community effort devoted to providing food and toys to families for Christmas, largely takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.