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 usually used to open The Christmas Bureau for two weeks in December. However this year the Christmas Bureau must comply with pandemic restriction meaning food and vouchers will be sent to recipients rather having an in-person even.
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.
Needy families can apply online to Catholic Charites for food vouchers. Toy vouchers will be given to some but not all people. Those in extreme need are encouraged to write an email to Catholic Charities and explain their circumstances.
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.
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 23, 2020
Pandemic threatens legacy of Christmas Bureau
The COVID-19 pandemic is playing the role of the Grinch this year, ruining plans for the Christmas Bureau to ensure the poorest children in the Spokane region have at least …
Sun., Nov. 15, 2020
No Teddy Bear Toss? No problem. Chiefs sell shirts for Christmas Fund
The COVID-19 pandemic has put Teddy Bear Toss on ice this year. But the Spokane Chiefs have come up with what they hope is another crowd-pleaser that still puts a …
Thu., Nov. 5, 2020
Pandemic projects: Soccer referee finds time to build over 180 wooden toy cars for Christmas Bureau
Police cars with googly eyes.Dump trucks, tow trucks, fire trucks, roadsters and iconic Batmobiles.Soon these colorful handmade wooden vehicles will be in the hands of happy children thanks to Don …
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 …
2019 final: $557,994.12
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. Return to this page any time between Thanksgiving and Dec 30 to find instructions.