The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund exists because of the generous donations of the newspaper's readers and area businesses. From Thanksgiving to Dec. 30, 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. The money buys thousands of high-quality toys in January when prices are low. The charities coordinate to gather and train more than 200 volunteers who help make the bureau run smoothly.
Needy families can come to the bureau, held at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center (404 N. Havana) to pick out a toy and a book for each of their children for Christmas Day. In addition, each household receives a grocery-store voucher to stock the cupboards for the holidays.
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.
Wed., Jan. 1, 2020
Donors push Christmas Bureau over fundraising goal for 15th year in a row
The greater Spokane area has come through in spectacular fashion again, pushing the Christmas Bureau over it’s fund raising goal for the 15th year in a row.
Wed., Dec. 25, 2019
Donors push Christmas Fund close to goal
It’s Christmas Day and the outstanding Christmas Bureau donors have come through in a big way. New donations of $89,152.12 have brought the year-to-date total to $497,765.71 – within reach …
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 23, 2019
Christmas Bureau organizers already planning for next year; donations still needed
The Christmas Bureau is closed, with toys and books successfully given out to thousands of children who will wake up Christmas morning with a present. There’s still money to raise …
Mon., Dec. 23, 2019
Local performers provide live music for the Christmas Bureau
A gift of live music is one of the perks the Christmas Bureau provides to recipients who come to get a food vouchers, toys and books for their children. A …
Sun., Dec. 22, 2019
Woodworkers give their time and talents to create wooden trucks for the Christmas Bureau
Christmas miracles come in all shapes and sizes and in Spokane, they come in the shape of wooden trucks.
Sat., Dec. 21, 2019
Grandmother grateful for help provided by the Christmas Bureau
It seems like a simple thing to provide a food voucher for each family and a toy and a book for each child for those who visit the Christmas Bureau, …
Fri., Dec. 20, 2019
Grateful recipients shop as Christmas Bureau prepares to close today
Today is the last day for recipients to visit the Christmas Bureau and receive a food voucher for their family and a toy and a book for each child. The …
Thu., Dec. 19, 2019
Big donation day boosts the Christmas Bureau, but there is still a long way to go
The mailbag delivered a gift in the form of $56,884 in new donations for the Christmas Bureau, providing a much needed boost to the lagging fund.
Wed., Dec. 18, 2019
‘It actually means a lot’: Christmas Bureau donations are helping families in time of need
Christmas is exactly one week away and families continue to arrive at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center where teams of volunteers distribute toys, books and food vouchers all …
Tue., Dec. 17, 2019
Christmas Bureau volunteers provide advice on books and toys to those in need
The piles of toys at the Christmas Bureau are shrinking as people in need of help line up to receive a food voucher, a toy and a book for each …
2018 final: $543,863.56
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I donate?
Donations may be sent to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund, P.O. Box 516, Spokane, WA 99210 or delivered to the lobby of the Spokesman-Review at 999 W. Riverside Ave. Please mark prominently, CHRISTMAS FUND.
Can I donate online?
Yes you can. Just click on the PayPal button above, and you'll be able to choose an amount to donate via credit card. If you choose this method of payment, a small percentage goes to PayPal for Internet billing services. When you send in a check to The Christmas Fund, as described above, none of the donation goes to processing.
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 e-mail, just include a valid e-mail 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.
How do I qualify?
- Eligibility: There are no income restrictions to participate, but you must bring specific information to the Fairgrounds.
- Bring: Photo ID for you and every person living with you who's 18 or older PLUS proof of current physical address for all adults. That means a power bill, rent receipt or phone bill showing a name at that address (No P.O. boxes). This is required for all adults. Social Security cards not valid as ID.
- For children: Something from their school or daycare for each child living at that address, showing their name, address and birth date. OR A document from DSHS or other social service agency verifying name, address and date of birth OR A WIC folder.
Where is The Christmas Bureau?
The Bureau again will be held at The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, at 404 N. Havana, in the Ag Building.
When is it open?
Wednesday, Dec. 11, through Friday, Dec. 20, excluding Sundays. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.