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Christmas Bureau serves 30,000; providing books are Marilee Roloff’s niche

After Marilee Roloff retires in summer 2016 as executive director of Volunteers of America Spokane, she expects to continue as one of 400 volunteers.  Her niche for many years has been providing books for the Christmas Bureau. 

Seventy years ago, the Christmas Bureau, coordinated by Catholic Charities Spokane, The Spokesman-Review and Volunteers of America, began giving gifts and food for people in need.  It will provide gifts and food vouchers for 30,000 this year.

It is open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Dec. 10 to 12, and 14 to 19, at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana.

“It’s an example of a constant,” Marilee said, “because everyone understands how children would feel if they did not have a toy at Christmas.”

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