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Spokesman-Review Christmas Bureau

The Christmas Bureau is an annual holiday assistance program coordinated by Catholic Charities Eastern Washington, Volunteers of America, and the Spokesman-Review. The program is made possible by generous monetary funds and volunteer hours donated by community members and organizations.


The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund exists because of the generous donations of the newspaper's readers and area businesses. From Thanksgiving to Dec. 29, the paper accepts donations and publishes articles listing everyone who participates.

Then, through the expert coordination of Catholic Charities and the Volunteers of America, the money is used to open The Christmas Bureau for two weeks in December. This year the Christmas Bureau will be an in-person event.

The money buys thousands of high-quality toys in January when prices are lowest. The charities coordinate to gather and train more than 200 volunteers who help make the bureau run smoothly.

The result is an opportunity for people in the greater Inland Northwest community to take care of their less-fortunate neighbors. It's a vast undertaking, and one that hopes to make the holiday a bit brighter for those in need.

The fundraising goal this year is $535,000.


Spokane does it again: Christmas Fund tops $535,000 fundraising goal

There are still a couple more days to go until Christmas, but the residents of the Spokane area have once again come through, pushing donations supporting the Christmas Bureau above the $535,000 goal to pay for the food vouchers, toys and books handed out this month. As of Thursday, the total stands at $554,124.19 and donations will continue to be tallied through Wednesday.

Every little bit given to the Christmas Bureau helps a family

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 18, 2021

The Christmas Bureau has closed for the year, handing out toys, books and grocery vouchers to 6,836 households, including 25,488 people and 13,800 children. But the task is not over yet, as the fundraising to reach the goal of $535,000 remains ongoing until the end of the month.

Frequently Asked Questions


Christmas Bureau


Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St.


10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Dec. 4-16, excluding Sundays.

ID requirements:

Each adult and child who receives holiday support from the Christmas Bureau must meet identification requirements. Income is not verified.

Adults must bring photo ID for themselves and every person older than 18 living in the household. Copies are acceptable. Additionally, each adult must show proof of address, such as a piece of mail or bills sent to your physical address (P.O. boxes are not accepted), a rental agreement, or a WA Apple Health statement.

For children (age 17 and younger), bring a document from a school, day care center or social service agency verifying each child’s name, date of birth and show their address matches the adult’s address. Birth certificates may only be used to verify date of birth.

Social Security cards and Medicaid cards are not valid identification.

No Animals:

Animals are prohibited except for service dogs. Please leave pets at home.

COVID protocols:

All recipients must wear a mask and provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test in the previous 72 hours.

How to Donate

By Mail:

Checks may be mailed to:

The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund
P.O. Box 516
Spokane, WA 99210.

In Person:

Bring your donation to the lobby of The Spokesman-Review at:

999 W. Riverside Ave.

Please mark prominently: CHRISTMAS FUND.


Visit the Christmas Bureau website and click on the Donate button.

If you’d like us to send you a receipt for your donation, make sure to include your mailing address in PayPal’s comment box. If you’d like a receipt via email, just include a valid email address. In either case, we won’t share your information with anyone or use it for any other reason. And feel free to use the comment box to tell us anything you’d like.


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