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Spokane law firm continues decades of giving to the Christmas Bureau

By Nina Culver The Spokesman-Review

There are many Christmas Fund donors in the area who donate faithfully every year. Some give $50 or $100 while others contribute more. There are also quite a few businesses in the Spokane area which can be counted on to send checks in the mail to support the effort to give everyone a Merry Christmas.

The law firm of Douglas, Eden, Phillips, DeRuyter and Stanyer is one of those faithful donors. They’ve been sending money to the Christmas Fund for decades. In 1995 they donated $1,000, but the amount has risen occasionally over the years. This year the law firm sent a check for $6,000.

“Each of us at Douglas Eden are happy for the privilege to continue supporting The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund with our $6,000 gift for families in need,” read an enclosed letter. “By joining others in Spokane, we want to spread holiday peace, joy and sharing in our community.

“A very big ‘Thank you’ to each of you at The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund for your good work in making the holidays a special time for so many people.”

The letter was signed by Ronald Douglas, William Eden, Marc Phillips, Daniel DeRuyter, Brent Stanyer, Ryan Douglas, Diane Kiepe, Erik Kukuk, Jordan Urness, Anita Anderson, Brandi Morhardt, Sandy Saty and Tina Whitley.


New donations of $15,083 have pushed the year-to-date tally of donations to $97,449.86. The goal is to raise $525,000 for food vouchers, toys and books for those who need them.

Donna Sweeny donated $1,000 via PayPal. “This gift is in memory of our two sons who have died in the last four years,” she wrote. “Since we do not have them here to celebrate the holidays with us, we are happy to make some Christmas dreams come true for others.”

Nancy Evans and Greg MacDonald sent $1,000 via PayPal “in support of the services you provide to the underserved adults and children in the Spokane area during this Christmas season. We wish you success in reaching your goal and thank you for the kindness you show to those who need it most.”

Kath’ren and Alexis Bay-Higdon, of Spokane, donated $500. “In 1947 Spokane, when Kath’ren’s crib was a dresser drawer, her family was in desperate need of a fund such as this,” they wrote. “It is now an honor to be able to donate to this effort in memory of her mother, Zell Ostermiller, who recently passed away. God’s loving blessing to the givers and to the receivers.”

Dick and Trudy Raymond, of Spokane, donated $500 in memory of their parents, relatives and friends.

Diane and Einar Larson, of Almira, Washington, sent $450. Janice Darc, of Coeur d’Alene, donated $400. An anonymous donor sent $400 along with a note that read: “Being able to share in this wonderful event every year is my Christmas joy!”

Roger Tompkins contributed $300 via Pay Pal. Neil and Brigid Krause, of Spokane, contributed $250. Gunhild Clegg, of Spokane, donated $250. “It is my pleasure to continue to help the Christmas Fund,” he wrote.

Dan and Scooter Mahoney, of Spokane, sent $250 along with a note that read: “In honor of all the doctoral students in the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program at Gonzaga University and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, we are happy to make this annual gift of $250 to the Christmas Bureau knowing it will provide toys, books and groceries for children and families in Spokane this Christmas.”

Christine Gamble, of Spokane, donated $200 in memory of Lindsay. Larry and Pam McClenny, of Spokane, gave $200. Bill and Carol Barter, of Spokane, contributed $200.

Michael and Kathleen Eaton, of Spokane, donated $150 in honor of their grandchildren Samantha, Nicholas, Nolan, Micah, Caroline, Michael and Daniel. John and Kay Feirich of Spokane gave $150. Emmett and Marylu Arndt, of Spokane, sent $150 along with a note that read “Merry Christmas to all the volunteers and families.”

Michael and Doreen Lewis, of Spokane Valley, sent $138 with a note that said: “We consider it a blessing to be able to participate.” An anonymous Spokane donor gave $125.

Bob Mudge, Richard Schroeder and Robert Scheel, all of Spokane, donated $100 each. Carol Lingow, of Spokane Valley, sent $100. Barry Benolt, of Hauser, Idaho, donated $100. An anonymous Spokane Valley donor also gave $100. Virginia Czechowski, of Spokane, donated $100 in memory of her husband Ted and son David.

Marilyn and John Miller, of Spokane Valley, sent $100. Elinor Iverson, of Spokane, donated $100. Gail and Dave DeRoshia, of Spokane, gave $100. “Thank you for helping those who need it most,” they wrote. “God bless all of you!” Sara Clausen, Donald Roise and Joan Cooper each donated $100 via Pay Pal.

Steve and Deanne Carr, of Spokane, gave $100 in memory of Norvell and Shirley Johnson and Chuck and Lea Carr. An anonymous Deer Park donor also gave $100. Leta Clevenger, of Spokane, gave $100 in memory of her “wonderful” dog, River.

Fred and Gloria Vogel, of Usk, donated $100 in memory of Vincent, who died Dec. 23, 1977, at the age of 6. Blaine Krebs, of Colbert, sent $100, as did an anonymous Spokane donor. Jennifer and Howie Stalwick, of Spokane, contributed $100. Marlene Peters, of Spokane, sent $100.

Dan and Barbara Trochta, of Colbert, gave $75. Gerry Rose, of Spokane donated $50 in memory of her husband, Arlen Rose. “Thank you for all you do for others,” she wrote. B. Scott McLaughlin, of Cheney, sent $50. Heidi Rust, of Spokane, donated $40. Sherryl Niska, of Spokane, donated $30.

Nancy Schaub, of San Francisco, sent $25 at the suggestion of her granddaughter, Hazel Schaub, of Spokane. “She and I are grateful that you make it possible for children’s parents to buy Christmas presents,” she wrote.

Jeno Leone donated $25 via Pay Pal. Lawrence Smith and Eugene Moore, both of Spokane, contributed $25 each. Patricia Leader sent $20 via Pay Pal. An anonymous donor gave $5.

For donations made through PayPal, The Spokesman-Review contributed the processing fee.

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