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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.



Garco Construction gives big boost to the Christmas Bureau

A Christmas angel has visited The Spokesman-Review in the form of Garco Construction, which gifted the Christmas Bureau with donation of $25,0000 to provide a much needed boost.


Musicians bring Christmas spirit to those waiting at the Christmas Bureau

The Christmas Bureau is closed now, but every day that it was open singers and performers filled the building at the Spokane County Fairgrounds with the sound of music.


On final day of 2018 Chirstmas Bureau, need is up but donations still lag

The Christmas Bureau is an annual tradition organized by Catholic Charities, the Volunteers of American and The Spokesman-Review that brings toys, books and food to homes across Eastern Washington and …


Christmas Bureau closing, but donations still sorely needed

The doors of the Christmas Bureau are almost ready to close. The piles of toys and teddy bears are much smaller, but there is still plenty left for the last …


Rogers High School students help take care of kids at the Christmas Bureau

There is a child care area at the Christmas Bureau for children to visit while parents pick out their Christmas gifts, so as not to spoil the surprise of what …


Parents grateful for Christmas toys for their children

Tuesday’s weather started out dreadful but that didn’t deter people from coming to the Christmas Bureau at the Spokane County Fairgrounds to get a food voucher, and gifts and books …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 8:46 a.m.

8 reasons these people need the Christmas Bureau’s help this year

The Christmas Bureau serves everyone. Some are unemployed or underemployed. There are those who have been laid off or perhaps homeless. Some parents work hard, but still need help getting …


Former Christmas Bureau volunteers honored with memorial tree

The longtime volunteers at the Christmas Bureau are a tightknit group, creating friendships out of their shared work helping the needy at Christmas. This year they came together to honor …


Therapy dogs bring Christmas cheer to the Christmas Bureau

There are some friendly faces waiting to greet people waiting in line at the Christmas Bureau and they have four legs and a wagging tail.


Local libraries forgive fines for Christmas Bureau recipients

People who wait hours in line at the Christmas Bureau to get food vouchers, toys and books for their children often are surprised to find library representatives there, ready to …


Retired teachers, librarians bring experience to Christmas Bureau children’s book selection

There’s an art to buying and selecting books for children, and it’s one that has been mastered by the teachers and librarians that help the Volunteers of America provide a …


Big crowd braves cold on Christmas Bureau’s opening day

Hundreds of people stood in line in the cold Wednesday waiting their turn to go inside the Christmas Bureau to get a food voucher and pick out a toy and …


Christmas Bureau ready to throw open the doors

The Christmas Bureau opens its doors today. Volunteers have been stacking toys and sorting stuffed animals from the Spokane Chiefs’ Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday.


Volunteers swarm the Christmas Bureau to unload toys

The Spokane County Fairgrounds exploded with activity Monday as volunteers rushed to set up the Christmas Bureau and unload semi trucks full of toys destined to be given to local …


The Christmas Bureau opens this week. Here’s what you need to know.

Christmas is approaching, but the first day of the Christmas Bureau is approaching even faster. The doors of the bureau will swing open at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Spokane …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs’ Teddy Bear Toss breaks record for second year in a row

Teddy bears rained down on the ice like confetti Saturday during the Spokane Chiefs’ annual teddy bear toss. The team scored their first goal just after the beginning of the …


Christmas Bureau volunteer recruited her family to help serve recipients

Carla Crooks is working on making volunteering at the Christmas Bureau a family affair. She’s already recruited her husband and one daughter to join her and her other daughter plans …


Retired priest Mike Savelesky ready to volunteer at Christmas Bureau

The Rev. Mike Savelesky will volunteer at the Christmas Bureau this year just as he’s done every year for the last dozen years or so.


Spokane Indians net nearly 100 stuffed animals for Christmas Bureau

The Spokane Indians added a teddy bear toss to their Christmas in July game night this past summer, collecting nearly 100 stuffed animals for the Christmas Bureau. The idea came …


The Christmas Bureau is a holiday tradition for longtime volunteer

Jan House had to check to figure out that she’s been coming to volunteer at the Christmas Bureau for 11 years. It’s an annual tradition for her, just like it’s …


Longtime Christmas Bureau volunteer specializes in giving lunch breaks

Judy Hudson’s role as a Christmas Bureau volunteer has changed over the years. While she was still working as an accountant she worked a few shifts a year, then started …


Volunteering puts Arby’s Jerry Pederson in the Christmas spirit

Arby’s Director of Operations Jerry Pederson has been volunteering with the Christmas Bureau for 16 years, ever since he was recruited by his boss, Dave McGann.


Avista Corp. employees love their time volunteering at the Christmas Bureau

A group of about 10 Avista Corp. accounting department employees led by Carolyn Groome has been spending a day volunteering at the Christmas Bureau every year for years and they’re …


Buying Christmas Bureau toys is a full-time job

There were years when buying toys for the Christmas Bureau could be accomplished by two volunteers over a couple of months, but now it takes four volunteers working nearly full …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

A day of no donations hampers Christmas Bureau efforts

Every year the donations to the Christmas Bureau typically start slow and then build as we get closer to Christmas, but the fund has reached a milestone no one ever …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

Groups work to collect children’s pajamas for distribution at the Christmas Bureau

St. Mary’s Catholic School and Providence Medical Group have been collecting new pajamas for the Christmas Bureau for the last several years and their annual drives are already underway.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

Christmas Bureau volunteer brings out her elf persona

Christmas Bureau volunteer Brenda Parker has a bag of Christmas cheer that she brings out every year. It includes her elf outfit, several decorated Christmas headbands, Christmas earrings and the …


Longtime volunteers have already started preparations for the Christmas Bureau

The first people many Christmas Bureau recipients meet are the volunteers who check their identification and verify their household information. Jay and Kay Walter have spent their retirement years training …