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Christmas Fund meets goal for 11th year in a row

As Dec. 25 celebrations fade into memories and turn toward New Year’s cheer, the Christmas Bureau has made its fundraising goal for the 11th year in a row. In fact, …


Mother, daughter make tradition of volunteering

Traditions run deep for a mother-daughter duo who volunteer as a team at the Christmas Bureau. For four years, they’ve freed time around family schedules so they could work at …


Christmas Bureau helps young mother cultivate a love of reading in her kids

As a daily bedtime ritual for her two young children, Crystal Morlan sits on the floor between their beds and reads to them. Cultivating a love of books for her …


Travis Pattern and Foundry gives $35,000 to Christmas Bureau, but fund still short of goal

After serving thousands of low-income families since Dec. 10, the Christmas Bureau hands out its last toys and books for children today. During the bureau’s early sessions, an average of …


Grocery voucher ‘means a lot’ to Christmas Bureau recipients

Retired carpenter Curt Johnson drove a neighbor to the Christmas Bureau Thursday, but the trip from Davenport also is a big help for his household. Johnson, 73, said he and …


Family of the “blue baby” who was a recipient of the Christmas Fund’s generosity in 1946 moved to donate

Reardan resident K. Baumgartner grew up hearing family stories about a life-saving heart surgery nearly 70 years ago for his aunt, Carol Lee Davis. What he didn’t know until this …


Being displaced by windstorm can’t keep couple from the Christmas Bureau

Steve and Theresa Lamp’s plans for a Christmas at home got crushed, literally, when a 90-foot-tall pine destroyed their North Spokane house during the Nov. 17 windstorm. The tree that …


Christmas Bureau visitors can learn about job, food assistance

Conversations start near the Christmas Bureau’s exit door. That’s the area where a table is set up to offer information on state and federal programs for food and employment assistance. …


Comfort dogs lift spirits, ease anxieties in the Christmas Bureau line

Christmas Bureau organizers invited comfort dogs to bring smiles and ease any anxiety for people who line up to verify paperwork and receive food vouchers, before selecting books and toys …


Sudanese refugee is both a donor and recipient at the Christmas Bureau

Fawzia Nour, a refugee from Sudan, knows about the Christmas Bureau as a recipient, but now she’s also a donor. An English as a Second Langue (ESL) student, Nour was …


The line formed early for the Christmas Bureau’s opening day

Winters always pinch the budget for Spokane resident Kendra Hawthorne, who carefully eyed toys Thursday at the Christmas Bureau for her four children. “I’m especially grateful for this because in …


A capella singers brighten Christmas Bureau

Fourteen a capella singers will spread holiday cheer for the Christmas Bureau’s opening Thursday, part of the musical group’s 12-day tour. The Dartmouth College singers, who perform as X.ado, are …


Santa’s big helpers prepare Christmas Bureau for opening

A pink Sweet Treat Kitchen required some assembly, so Gonzaga Prep student Kendall Brock, 17, wrestled the task Tuesday with power tools. The toy joined some 17,000 gifts being set …


Joy of first Christmas present sparks a lifetime of giving by Spokane woman

Growing up as a child of the Depression, Barbara “Bobby” Stevens didn’t get Christmas presents. That changed around age 12, when she received her first holiday surprise. Now a regular …


Warm hearts give so Christmas Bureau attendees can have warm hands

Thousands of adults who arrive at the Christmas Bureau each year are just there for their kids. They’re grateful for holiday gifts so their children can have a brighter holiday …


Christmas Fund: Donors sweeten holiday season

Thanks to some area businesses, the Christmas Bureau will be a little sweeter this year. Licorice and candy bars for kids will be given along with toys and books to …


Christmas Fund: Search for toys begins in January

Toy buyers for the Christmas Bureau do their homework. Nimble and quick, a bit like Santa’s elves, they research favorites and try to judge what gifts will delight an older …


Christmas Bureau lost its biggest fan with death of volunteer Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan loved everything holidays, but the Christmas Bureau meant the most to him. The 69-year-old volunteer died shortly after last year’s event.


Longtime Christmas Bureau leader works for literacy

Marilee Roloff knew a year ago that “Peanuts,” “Star Wars,” and princesses would reign for popular holiday children’s books, so she bought such titles early for the Christmas Bureau. Buying …


Library cards a new offering at Christmas Bureau

A child’s first library card can launch the gift of lifelong reading. At this year’s Christmas Bureau, librarians plan for the first time to offer on-site issuing of library cards …


Donors get 2015 Christmas Fund off to a good start

Most years, the Christmas Fund makes its goal. A few times, it hasn’t. Last year, for example, the fund hadn’t reached its goal of $525,000 by Christmas day, falling some …