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The Spokesman-Review’s Christmas Fund, which has raised over $16 million, begins its annual effort to raise money for toys and books for children

Holiday traditions are an important part of the season and The Spokesman-Review, Catholic Charities and the Volunteers of America are once again teaming up for their holiday tradition, offering food …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Garco Construction donated $28,000 to the Christmas Fund

Garco Construction generously donated $28,000 to the 2016 Christmas Fund, but was inadvertently left off the list of donors. The omission doesn’t change the near-record total of $540,073.39 raised to …


Rush of donations pushes Christmas Fund over goal

Once again, the Spokane community has banded together to provide assistance, joy and dignity to those less fortunate during the holiday season. A flood of donations over the past week …


Christmas Fund still looks to meet goal

Thanks to the Christmas Bureau, many less-fortunate children in our community will sit by the Christmas tree and open a new gift Sunday morning. And while Christmas will soon be …


Christmas Fund falling short of goal but there’s still time to give

The vast majority of every dollar donated to the Christmas Fund goes directly to help individuals and families in need.


Christmas Fund in danger of missing goal

The Christmas Fund has a long way to go before it hits its fundraising goal, and with Christmas right around the corner, the possibility of hitting the goal looks increasingly …


Little girl with a big heart wants Christmas to be special for other children

Every year, 8-year-old Emmeline Hirt has a short Christmas list. Since she was 4, she has asked Santa to give her presents to kids whose parents can’t afford any. In …


With $215,865 needed for Christmas Fund, Catholic Charities director expresses faith in community support

Although this year’s Christmas Bureau has come to an end, donations from the community still are needed to help those in need. The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund, which pays for the …


Long line files through Christmas Bureau on final day

The line was long at the Christmas Bureau on its final day. “We really had a very busy final day, and I’m really glad we were able to serve so …


On-site child care helps protect the magic of the season at the Christmas Bureau

Jan Staeheli taught preschool and kindergarten for 37 years. She’s retired now, but continues to work with children as a volunteer in the child care area at the Christmas Bureau, …


The Christmas Bureau brightens the holiday for family with premature baby

First-time dad Josh Kiser got quite the birthday present when he turned 36. It was a beautiful baby boy. He was named Jackson.


Woman finds her plush gorilla and a place to volunteer at the Christmas Bureau

A gorilla brought Jenny Edgren to the Christmas Bureau. The saga started in Long Island, New York, where Edgren was living when a friend gave her the plush gorilla in …


Arby’s has kept Christmas Bureau volunteers fed for 20 years

Just as the generous donations of community members pay for the Christmas Bureau each year, in-kind donations from businesses keep hard-working volunteers fueled while they provide a happier holiday for …


Christmas Bureau also makes holiday merrier for adults without children in the home

The Christmas Bureau is meant to make the holiday better for everyone, not just families with children. Adults, many of whom are seniors, or are disabled or homeless, don’t go …


Woman, 80, turns to Christmas Bureau for her foster children

Mary Robins, 80, recently picked out presents for her foster girls at the Christmas Bureau, an annual event that provides grocery vouchers, toys, books and more to thousands of people …


From the hockey ice to the Christmas Bureau, teddy bears a ‘soft embrace’

For kids, a teddy bear can be so much more than a toy – a best friend, a confidant, a source of comfort and joy. On Saturday, the Spokane Chiefs …


Local companies make the Christmas Bureau run smoother through in-kind donations

The line at the Christmas Bureau can get long, but recipients are treated to musical entertainment as they wait by a variety of performers who donate their talents to make …


Christmas Bureau gave books and toys for 2,260 children as the Spokane charity opens its doors to those in need

The Christmas Bureau served 1,121 households and 4,109 people on its first day of operation. Books and toys were provided to 2,260 children.


Christmas Bureau opens to help families with food and Christmas gifts

The Christmas Bureau kicks off Thursday and runs through Dec. 17, providing grocery store gift certificates, toys, books, and more to thousands of those less fortunate during the holiday season.


Preparations begin at Fairgrounds for Thursday opening of the Christmas Bureau

Christmas Bureau coordinators and volunteers descended Tuesday on the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center to get ready to launch one of the region’s most beloved annual holiday events. The …


Helping a new mom turned volunteering into a reward for Fawn Schott

Frank’s Diners and The Onion Taphouse & Grill employees and owners gave $7,750 to support the Christmas Bureau.


Woman’s ‘giving heart,’ hands provide knitted hats for Christmas Bureau

For one Spokane resident, giving back to her community is a part of who she is. The 85-year-old woman knit and donated 110 hats to the Christmas Bureau, which provides …


Christmas Bureau volunteers work year-round to find best toys

As the opening of the Christmas Bureau draws near, volunteers are gearing up to hand out toys to thousands of children who might not otherwise get anything under the tree.


Longtime security guard watches over Christmas Bureau

For organizers of the Christmas Bureau, safety is paramount. Every year, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of recipients convene at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center for the bureau, …


Books are a big part of the Christmas Bureau’s joy

Every year at the Christmas Bureau, thousands of children are gifted the joy of reading. Parents who visit the bureau, which serves low-income families in the region, get to choose …


Spokane Valley Eagles, a musician and a cancer survivor to host Christmas Bureau fundraiser as a way of giving back

The efforts of people in the community who want to give back for various reasons help support the Christmas Bureau.


The gift of pajamas helps Christmas Bureau keep children warm

For many children, getting a new pair of pajamas is a Christmas tradition, but for some, new pajamas are a luxury their family can’t afford. Two groups in Spokane are …


Christmas Bureau has reached fundraising goal 11 years in a row; let’s make it 12

The Christmas Fund has reached its goal for the last 11 years in a row, but it’s often a close call, and at the last minute. Organizers are hopeful this …


Christmas Bureau: Heart attack doesn’t stop volunteer

Christmas Bureau volunteer Greg Timothy is returning to volunteer at the bureau even after suffering a massive heart attack earlier this year that could have killed him.


Christmas Fund technology upgrade should make it easier for recipients

A new computer program will make it easier and ease the time spent in line for Christmas Bureau recipients.