Township of Langley fire captain Kevin Snowdon presents a cheque for $2,500 to Langley Meals on Wheels executive director Shannon Woykin to help continue their efforts in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley firefighters answer call for volunteers at Meals on Wheels

Township crews donated $2,500 to local charity

Township and City firefighters have delivered over 430 meals around the community since volunteering with Langley Meals on Wheels at the end of March, but the need continues to rise.

Langley Meals on Wheels is a charitable, non-profit society that offers meals to members in the community but has seen a decline in volunteers during the pandemic since many of the volunteer drivers are seniors, said Kevin Snowdon, Township of Langley fire captain.

READ MORE: A worldwide pandemic can’t stop this non-profit from serving Langley

“Many of them have rightly decided to temporarily discontinue their volunteer service in order to reduce their possible exposure during the pandemic,” he said.

To help the non-profit continue its efforts during the ongoing coronavirus crisis Township of Langley Firefighters’ Charitable Society donated $2,500 to the local charity.

“Without financial support they could not do what they do. They not only provide meals and check on vulnerable citizens, but they provide healthy meal bags, coordinate the Food & Friends programs, Home from the Hospital programs and help subsidize meals for lower income seniors through their Boutique Finds Thrift store,” Snowdon explained. “Because of COVID-19, many of these programs are temporarily closed, but the need to deliver meals has increased substantially.”

[story continues below post]

The need for volunteers was brought to Snowdon’s attention by his wife whose company is currently working with Shannon Woykin, executive director of Langley Meals on Wheels, to upgrade its online system.

“When I heard from Rose all the challenges Shannon was facing as COVID-19 hit our community, I realized this would be a great opportunity for me and my colleagues to further give back to the community,” Snowdon said.

The call for volunteers was put out to fire crews at the City and Township and over 30 firefighters and their family members stepped up.

“The response from my brothers and sisters and their families has been overwhelming and I couldn’t be more proud of this amazing group of individuals,” Snowdon praised.

READ MORE: Anonymous donor brightens day of Langley seniors with tulips

The end of last week marked five weeks of volunteering with the local charity for Township and City firefighters and their families.

“Shannon Woykin and the Langley Meals on Wheels volunteers need our support for all these amazing programs, and I hope other organizations in the community will take our lead and support their great cause,” Snowdon said.

For more information about Meals on Wheels visit www.lmow.ca.


@JotiGrewal_
joti.grewal@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

firefightersLangley Township

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Friday night car show a no go at Surrey/Langley border

Vintage cares were turned away at 2800 block of 192nd Street due to COVID-19 precautions

Langley Animal Protection Society raises more than $13,000 through annual fundraiser

Furry Tails race was held online due to COVID-19, becoming their most successful year to date

IHIT names homicide victim found in the Fraser Canyon this week

Police asking for tips into the suspicious death of 29-year-old Alicia Berg

Langley Lodge reports one new COVID-19 death, bringing total to 24

Death toll surpassed 22 on Wednesday, making that specific outbreak the deadliest in B.C.

VIDEO: Seventy-two Langley Fine Arts students record collaboration on their cellphones

Musicians performed Lake from Patrick Hawes’ work The Blue Bird Variations

Trudeau offers $14B to provinces for anti-COVID-19 efforts through rest of year

Making a difference in municipalities is a pricey proposition

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping the Langley Advance Times to continue its mission to provide trusted local news

Friends, family mourn Salt Spring Island woman killed in suspected murder-suicide

A GoFundMe comapaign has been launched for Jennifer Quesnel’s three sons

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Indigenous families say their loved ones’ deaths in custody are part of pattern

Nora Martin joins other Indigenous families in calling for a significant shift in policing

‘Alarmed’: Health critic calls for more data on COVID-19 in trucking industry

Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec said that level of detail is not being collected

UPDATED: Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park arrested

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Most Read