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.
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. 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.