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Wednesday, December 11, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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.



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 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 …