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Donors push Christmas Bureau over fundraising goal for 15th year in a row

The greater Spokane area has come through in spectacular fashion again, pushing the Christmas Bureau over it’s fund raising goal for the 15th year in a row.


Donors push Christmas Fund close to goal

It’s Christmas Day and the outstanding Christmas Bureau donors have come through in a big way. New donations of $89,152.12 have brought the year-to-date total to $497,765.71 – within reach …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 23, 2019

Christmas Bureau organizers already planning for next year; donations still needed

The Christmas Bureau is closed, with toys and books successfully given out to thousands of children who will wake up Christmas morning with a present. There’s still money to raise …


Local performers provide live music for the Christmas Bureau

A gift of live music is one of the perks the Christmas Bureau provides to recipients who come to get a food vouchers, toys and books for their children. A …


Woodworkers give their time and talents to create wooden trucks for the Christmas Bureau

Christmas miracles come in all shapes and sizes and in Spokane, they come in the shape of wooden trucks.


Grandmother grateful for help provided by the Christmas Bureau

It seems like a simple thing to provide a food voucher for each family and a toy and a book for each child for those who visit the Christmas Bureau, …


Grateful recipients shop as Christmas Bureau prepares to close today

Today is the last day for recipients to visit the Christmas Bureau and receive a food voucher for their family and a toy and a book for each child. The …


Big donation day boosts the Christmas Bureau, but there is still a long way to go

The mailbag delivered a gift in the form of $56,884 in new donations for the Christmas Bureau, providing a much needed boost to the lagging fund.


‘It actually means a lot’: Christmas Bureau donations are helping families in time of need

Christmas is exactly one week away and families continue to arrive at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center where teams of volunteers distribute toys, books and food vouchers all …


Christmas Bureau volunteers provide advice on books and toys to those in need

The piles of toys at the Christmas Bureau are shrinking as people in need of help line up to receive a food voucher, a toy and a book for each …


New Christmas Bureau volunteer looks after fellow volunteers

Volunteer Butch Slaughter has a unique job at the Christmas Bureau this week as volunteers hand out food vouchers, toys and books to families in need. It’s his job to …


Hawaiian holiday music soothes long lines at Christmas Bureau

The lines were longer than usual Saturday at the Christmas Bureau as people came to the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center to receive a food voucher and a toy …


Longtime volunteers bring festivity to the Christmas Bureau

When Clint and Cheryl Branz of Jim Custer Enterprises first signed up to volunteer at the Christmas Bureau 15 years ago, they were just there to bag gifts. They had …


Parents, grandparents search for the perfect gift at the Christmas Bureau; daily donations see big drop

Big crowds came to the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center Thursday for the second day of the Christmas Bureau, as people lined up to get food vouchers for their …


Christmas Bureau bustles on its first day

The toy room was busy and lines were long Wednesday as people ventured out on snowy roads for the first day of the Christmas Bureau at the Spokane County Fair …


Volunteers unload teddy bears, prepare to open Christmas Bureau doors

Last minute preparations were underway Tuesday at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center as volunteers prepared to open the doors of the Christmas Bureau to recipients Wednesday morning.


Christmas Bureau hopes to find sponsor to preserve the gift of a book for every child

Volunteers of America spends all year buying about 14,000 books to be given away to children during the Christmas Bureau. They’re for all ages and all tastes and parents are …


Local businesses keep the Christmas Bureau humming

Volunteers need to be fed, toys need to be bagged and musicians need a place to play to bring the Christmas Bureau to life every year. The bureau will open …


Teddy bear toss nets record 8,604 stuffed animals for Christmas Bureau

A cascade of teddy bears hit the ice during the Spokane Chiefs’ annual Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday night, prompting a flurry of activity to collect up the thousands of …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Longtime Christmas Bureau volunteer is back after cancer treatment

Volunteer Ron Waybright has spent part of December the past 12 years handing out toys and books to children as part of the Christmas Bureau, which is a collaboration among …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Christmas Bureau seeks woodworkers to make traditional trucks

The Christmas Bureau needs a little last-minute help from local residents with woodworking skills who are willing and able to make a few simple wooden trucks in the next week.


Volunteers unpack, assemble Christmas Bureau toys

Volunters showed up to the Ag Building at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center Wednesday to sort pallets full of toys in anticipation of the first day of the …


Local community groups collect pajamas for the Christmas Bureau

Every year community groups collect children’s pajamas to be distributed at the Christmas Bureau, which gives a toy and a book to every child who comes in the door as …


Longtime Christmas Bureau volunteers Rick and Joan Haynes honored by donors

Rick and Joan Haynes were staunch supporters of the Christmas Bureau for years. Rick died April 3 and his wife of 35 years followed soon after, passing away on July …


Christmas Bureau relies on hundreds of volunteers

It takes hundreds of volunteers to pull off the Christmas Bureau, staffing a building at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center for 10 days in December to give out …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Tariffs impact Christmas Bureau toy buying

Buying toys is an important part of the Christmas Bureau, which provides a new toy and a book to every child along with a food voucher for the family. Toy …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Inspired by son, mother and daughter make volunteering at Christmas Bureau an annual tradition

Colleen Connors and her daughter, Sophie Owens, are two of the dedicated volunteers who keep the Christmas Bureau running smoothly every year as toys and books are given to children …


Generosity is needed for the annual Christmas Bureau fundraiser

It is time once again for the greater Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area to showcase the generosity we are known for to support the annual Christmas Bureau run by Catholic …


Donors meet fundraising goal for the 2018 Christmas Fund

The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund has made its goal for the 14th year in a row, thanks to a last-minute surge in generosity from people in Spokane and the surrounding area.