Pending arrival of some Syrian refugees to this community, plus early registration of at least 70 new local families, leave organizers of the Langley Christmas Bureau anticipating a busier than ever year.
Consequently, more than ever before, any efforts made by local individuals, organizations, or companies to help raise money for the bureau are going to be gratefully appreciated, said Leigh Castron, co-coordinator of the bureau.
To help ensure there is enough food for an expected 900-plus families, and toys for more than 2,000 kids, the Langley Advance and Real Canadian Superstore are stepping up to help in a new way.
Partnering on the creation of this popular Carols & Cookies songbook 2015, every cent from the sale of these books will be donated to the local Christmas bureau.
“It is efforts like this that make a difference so that we can make sure that the families have what they need for Christmas — not just for the day, but the holiday season,” Castron said.
“This is everything for us. We couldn’t do it without that,” she added, thankful for all the different donations and fundraising efforts that people in town offer.
Last year, thanks to the generous giving spirit of so many Langleyites, the bureau was able to ensure 803 families (including 1,750 kids) were given a Christmas.
That kindness comes in a few different forms.
First up, three-quarters of the families helped in 2014 were sponsored — meaning sponsors supplies not only a Christmas meal but about a week’s worth of food. Gifts are optional, with the bureau providing each child’s with toys. Each kid receives two toys/gifts from the bureau, as well as a new book from Langley Literacy, a stocking, and a $40 gift certificate to Superstore.
That’s why, in addition to family sponsorship, donations of cash and toys are so integral, Castron explained.
“What we really need is toys and gifts for tweens and teens this year,” she said, explaining that kids 10 years and older account for more than half the children registered for aid, but most donated toys and gifts are for younger kids.
Recognizing the potential shortfalls the bureau is facing this year, Superstore general manager Joe Viana is pretty excited to be part of the Carols & Cookies project and any efforts aimed at helping local families in need.
“I think, as a grocery store, we have a responsibility to reach out to the community and be involved,” he said, happy to help ensure every family in need in Langley will have a brighter holiday season.
To learn more about the Langley Christmas Bureau, people can call 604-530-3001 or view their website at: langleychristmasbureau.com.
Your donation for this book will help this non-profit organization continue its great work.
So, in advance, thank you for your generosity.