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Bureau visitor grateful for mother’s renewed Christmas spirit

Small gestures are sometimes felt in big ways. At least that’s how it works at the Christmas Bureau, which is distributing the fixings of Christmas to the area’s needy families.

Recipients who live alone are given a $15 food voucher, a gift bag with items such as knit gloves and hand lotion, and a bag of candy. The food vouchers are capped at $40, for a family of four or more. Volunteers at the bureau repeatedly hear the gratitude of the poor who come for help.

Tuesday, a recipient left the following unsigned note of appreciation: “Thank you Christmas Bureau. For almost 20 years our mother volunteered for many non-profits. Our brother died this year and with him so did the spirit of our mother. Thank you for helping our family try to give our mother the joy we have always felt. What you do is bring miracles of joy to families that have lost hope. Thank you.”

The daily tally of $45,579.71 brought the fund to $338,572.46.

Following are additional donors and their donations:

Steve and Karen Heaps, of Greenacres, gave $100 in honor of the volunteers for the Uncle Joe 50km Ultramarathon.

Sarah and Emma Vogelman, of Spokane, donated $100, as did John and Kathy McCarthy, of Spokane; Todd Caldwell, of Veradale; the VFW Auxiliary No. 51, of Spokane; Lois Snider, of Spokane; Scott and Connie Brunell, of Spangle, Wash.; Walter Bender, of Coeur d’Alene; John and Claudette Sayles, of Liberty Lake; and an anonymous donor, of Spokane.

Ron and Dora England, of Nine Mile Falls, sent $100 in memory of their mom, Novella. An anonymous donor, of Spokane, sent $100 in memory of Charles and Opal McCoy.

The parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, through its Social Ministries Commission, donated $100. “Your program is highly regarded in our church community and many of our members are volunteers in your effort. We thank you for your service to Spokane and wish you, your volunteers and clients a blessed holiday season,” they wrote.

J. Patrick Byorth, of Billings, Mont., donated $100 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Butler and family.

Virginia Jacobson, of Nine Mile Falls, donated $100, as did Bob Van Leuven Jr., of Spokane; Margaret and Eugene Kelly, of Mead; and Diane and John Latta, Michael and Valerie Adams, John and Judy Foster, Delbert and Rojean Flory, Janice and Walter Utt, and Ba Thi Phan and A Van Nguyen, all of Spokane.

Dori and Jerry Berger, of Spokane, sent $100 and a note: “For Don and Diane Kelly, who will celebrate 50 years of marriage in 2006; way to go Dad and Mom.”

Sharon Piper, of Spokane, gave $100 in memory of her daughter, Tricia Piper, “who had a special place in her heart for people who were having a bad time in their lives.”

The White Rose Chapter Order of Eastern Star, of Spokane, donated $100, as did Jim and Carol Kershner, James and Leonette Hiller, and four anonymous donors, all of Spokane; and Myrna DeGrasse, of Otis Orchards.

Russell and Helen Inman, of Spokane, sent $100 in honor of their 10 great-grandchildren: Jordyn, Madison, Kerrigan, Sydney, Blake, Brooks, Anders, J.T., Taylor Mae and Jake.

Pat and Jim Lynass, of Spokane, donated $100 in honor of Pat Fitz, Paul and M.J.

Mrs. Frances Joachim, of Mead, donated $100 in memory of her husband.

An anonymous donor, of Spokane, donated $100 in memory of Paul Wasson.

The Tennis Ladies gave $100, as did Victoria Redlin, of Spokane; Linda and Rich Cannon, of Newport; Rita Purkett, and Bennie and Dorris Benson, both of Spokane.

Mrs. Pat Martin, of Spokane, sent $100 in memory of her parents, Charlotte and Jim Sullivan.

Jane Joseph donated $96.80 through PayPal.

Leslie and Lois Albert, of Spokane, gave $75, as did Michael and Konni Dietz, of Mead; and Eric Johnson, of Spokane.

Bonnie Hinton’s students at University High School donated $58.50.

Norma MacArthur donated $51.16 through PayPal.

Robert and Lois Banta, of Mead, sent $50, as did Willbann Dale and Virginia Terpening, of Spokane; Lianne and Fred Inaba, of Pullman; Beth Sweigart, and two anonymous donors, all of Spokane.

Tamara and Charles Holdren, of Spokane, sent $50 in gratitude for all of God’s blessings.

Julia and Robert Roberts, of Spokane, sent $50, as did Jane Courtright, and Nancy Snyder, both of Spokane, and two anonymous donors, both of Spokane Valley.

Marilyn Wells, of Spokane, donated $50, as did Catherine and William Rafferty, of Spokane; and the “girls at the Spokane Firefighters Credit Union – Mary, Sue, Paula, Deb, Chris, Kirsten and Erika.”

Richard and Carol Stoll, of Spokane, donated $50, as did Jean Peterson, of Spokane Valley; and an anonymous donor.

Diane Veltre, of Spokane, gave $50 in memory of her brother, Doug White.

The Spokane Symphony Chorale donated $50.

The Pat Kleweno family, of Endicott, Wash., gave $50 in memory of Abigail Nixon.

Carole and Jim Heinen, of Spokane, gave $50 in memory of their parents, John and Anna Heinen and Andy and Florence Underdahl, and to give thanks for their children and grandchildren.

Todd Hamm, of Spokane, donated $50, as did Patrick and Debra Buckley, of Newport; Karen Chicha, and Phillip and Maralee Barto, all of Spokane.

Sara and Tara Cavanaugh Mattox, of Spokane, donated $50 in memory of their mother, Colleen Cavanaugh.

Bob and Charlene Christenson, of Mead, gave $50 in honor of their five grandchildren: Courtney, Tyler, Kacey, Hunter and Coben, and to help other little children have a merry Christmas.

Tari Rogalski, of Spokane, donated $50 in memory of her sister, Joan Mathews. Phyllis Brooks, of Spokane, donated $50 in memory of her husband, Bill.

Nancy Biggerstaff, of Spokane, donated $50 in memory of her nephew Jack Robert Douglas and grandparents, Fay and Theon Marsh, “who taught us and made Christmas special.”

Rebecca Bringhurst donated $48.25 through PayPal.

Deb and Ralph Prouty, of Spokane, donated $40, as did an anonymous donor, of Spokane.

James and Marjorie Ryan, of Nine Mile Falls, gave $30, as did Francis and Agnes Gonder, of Veradale; Debra and Michael Maxson, of Spokane; an anonymous donor, of Chewelah; and an anonymous donor, of Spokane, in memory of John and Emma Peereboom.

Richard and Barbara Manley, of Spokane, gave $25 in memory of Betty McCaughan. Loretta Thompson, of Spokane Valley, donated $25, as did Vickie Borer, Carla and Alan Biesen, Wilson and Marylyn Stuckless, Edna Pittman, Sandra Kates, Theresa Hansen, and an anonymous donor, all of Spokane.

Donovan Olson, of Spokane Valley, sent $25, as did Daunita Higgins, of Newport; and Amistad Club, of Spokane.

Andrea Watts, of Spokane, gave $20 in memory of her daughter, Jennifer Hornstra and nephew, Kenny Beach. Jay, Debbie, Zack and Jenna Humphrey, of Spokane, donated $20 in memory of Vera Romero.

Jeannie Greene, of Spokane, sent $20 and a note: “Thanks for serving up a helping of good cheer. Spokane may be freezing, but the people’s hearts are warm and generous.”

Mackenzie and Madison Priest, of Spokane, donated $20. “Merry Christmas Uncle Jason, we love you,” they wrote.

Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Gustafson, of Spokane, sent $20 in honor of Jerry Johnson. Mrs. S.L. Gibson, of Spokane, sent $20, as did an anonymous donor, of Spokane.

John Campbell, of Spokane, sent $10, as did two anonymous donors, both of Spokane.

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