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Dec. 31, 2008, midnight
The Christmas Fund has closed for the year with donations totaling $562,804, exceeding the goal by nearly $68,000. The donations ensure the fund will cover bills for the Christmas Bureau, which provided toys and food vouchers to 9,662 needy families, including 15,601 children. Food vouchers totaled $284,294 this year.
Dec. 23, 2008, midnight
The Christmas Fund is within reach of its goal of $495,000 thanks to generous donations from the community. A donation of $7,652 from Lee & Hayes, PLLC, of Spokane, and $5,720 from Downtown Toyota, Downtown Honda and Downtown Lexus of Spokane brought new donations to $43,814. That puts the fund about $5,000 shy of its goal.
Dec. 22, 2008, midnight
Although the Christmas Bureau closed for the year on Saturday, the work of Catholic Charities and Volunteers of America is not done. After the two-day closure of the bureau during last week’s snows, Catholic Charities and VOA directors decided to issue food vouchers today only at their offices downtown.
Dec. 21, 2008, midnight
A $30,000 donation from Travis Pattern & Foundry Inc. this weekend boosted the Christmas Fund within reach of its goal. “The owners and employees of Travis Pattern and Foundry again wish to donate the funds that we would have spent on a Christmas party to your fund,” wrote president Travis W. Garske. “We hope we can help make Christmas a little brighter for some Spokane families. We wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a great new year in 2009,” he wrote.