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  • Fund helps 31,000 of region’s needy

    The Christmas Fund has closed for the year with donations totaling $562,804, exceeding the goal by nearly $68,000. The donations ensure the fund will cover bills for the Christmas Bureau, …


  • Christmas Bureau volunteers reflect on service

    In his younger years, Larry Tobin walked through the hardware section of Sears with a thirst for every tool that he didn’t yet possess. Now he is 67, a retired …


  • Merrier day for thousands

    More than 29,500 people woke up this morning to a cheerier Christmas, thanks to a generous community that donated nearly $560,000 to pay for toys and food vouchers for the …


  • Avista gift helps fund blow past its goal

    Donations of $20,000 from Avista Corp. and its employees and $6,125 from the Fernwell Building tenants helped the Christmas Fund bounce well past its goal today. “This year has been …


  • Bureau closes another year of operation

    Thousands of community members, including businesses, individuals and families, church groups, and social clubs donate to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund as part of the effort to provide a brighter Christmas …


  • Record snowfall shutters bureau; need remains great

    For the first time in the six-decade history of the Christmas Bureau, organizers closed the charity Thursday because of record snowfall. The bureau will remain closed today, organizers said, and …


  • Christmas Bureau closed today

    The Christmas Bureau at the Spokane fairgrounds is closed today due to the heavy snowfall.


  • Acts of kindness often inspire giving

    Toys and food vouchers given to more than 10,000 needy families through the Christmas Bureau represent thousands of gifts from the community to its poor. Donations to The Spokesman-Review Christmas …


  • Reasons for donating to Christmas Fund vary

    Toys and food vouchers given to more than 10,000 needy families through the Christmas Bureau represent thousands of gifts from the community to its poor. Donations to The Spokesman-Review Christmas …


  • New, longtime volunteers join at Bureau

    Most of the 200 Christmas Bureau volunteers are veterans of the holiday charity. A few, such as Monsignor Frank Bach and Marilee Roloff, have been with the Christmas Bureau for …


  • Christmas Bureau Snapshot: Vera Pivovarevich, daughter Yelena Popov

    Editor’s note: Christmas Bureau recipients come to the bureau for food vouchers, toys and candy. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is collecting recipients’ stories.


  • Christmas Bureau Snapshot: Charee Discenza

    Editor’s note: Christmas Bureau recipients come to the bureau for food vouchers, toys and candy. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is collecting some of their stories.


  • Bureau adds shelter for those in line

    With arctic temperatures expected through the week, Christmas Bureau organizers have arranged to rent and heat a second building at the Spokane fairgrounds to shelter people waiting in line. “We’ve …


  • From teens to retirees, volunteers fill need

    Randy and Sally Olson are among the Christmas Bureau volunteers who donate money as well as time. In the Olsons’ case, though, time will equal money for the Christmas Fund, …


  • Christmas Bureau Snapshots: Maria and Alex Paz

    Editor’s note: Christmas Bureau recipients come for food vouchers, toys and candy. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is collecting some of their stories.


  • As donations grow, so do lines at Bureau

    The number of poor people going to the Christmas Bureau for help with their holiday celebrations set more records Thursday, according to bureau workers. Nearly 1,250 families received food vouchers …


  • Christmas Bureau Snapshot: Chris Peters

    Editor’s note: Christmas Bureau recipients come to the bureau for food vouchers, toys and candy. Every person has a story to tell. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is collecting some of those …


  • Bureau sets opening-day record

    Kirsten and Shelli Schauman sat down on their milk crates in front of the Spokane fairgrounds gate at 4 a.m. Wednesday. Nearly four freezing hours later, they hurried through the …


  • Christmas Bureau snapshot: Lillian Gay

    Christmas Bureau recipients come to the bureau for food vouchers, toys and candy. Every person has a story to tell. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is spending two weeks at the Christmas …


  • Christmas Bureau Snapshot: Lillian Gay

    Editor’s note: Christmas Bureau recipients come to the bureau for food vouchers, toys and candy. Every person has a story to tell. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is collecting some of those …


  • Décor lends bureau a festive flair

    The red carpet was rolled out at the Spokane fairgrounds Tuesday, ready for today’s opening of the Christmas Bureau. Thanks to several local companies, the Ag Building is also festooned …


  • Christmas Bureau Snapshot: ‘I’m still thankful’

    Age: 57. Lives in: Cheney.


  • Christmas Bureau snapshot: Harold Parker

    Every person has a story to tell, beyond the poverty that necessitates a visit to the bureau. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is spending two weeks at the Christmas Bureau collecting bureau …


  • Workers convert fair building into holiday toyland

    Dozens of volunteers spent Monday unloading trucks full of 16,000 toys, dozens of folding chairs and tables, computers and 15,000 bags of candy at the Spokane County fairgrounds Ag Building. …


  • Bureau accepts sweat donations

    The Christmas Bureau opens Wednesday, but dozens of volunteers will arrive at the Spokane fairgrounds at 9 a.m. today to begin setting up. The bureau depends on hundreds of volunteers, …


  • Despite tough times, donors rise to challenge

    A record number of needy families are expected to seek help with their holiday celebrations from the Christmas Bureau this year, according to bureau organizers. Based on trends in previous …


  • Chiefs fans help bureau by tossing teddy bears

    Thousands of teddy bears will fly across the ice tonight at the Spokane Chiefs hockey game at the Spokane Arena, as fans participate in the annual Christmas Bureau teddy bear …


  • Woodworkers fill bureau’s toy shelves

    The Christmas Fund bounced past $88,000 today, thanks to a generous community. The donations pay for Christmas toys and food for poor families at the Christmas Bureau. The charity also …


  • Donors, recipients hail from all over

    The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund is a community charity in terms of both donors and the families the charity helps to create holiday celebrations.


  • Massive toy purchase is a puzzle in itself

    For six months, the Christmas Bureau toy buyers have been making a list, and this week they’re checking it more than twice as they prepare for the charity’s opening a …

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