Langley Christmas Bureau volunteer Dolanda Whaites looks over a list of boys and girls registered on the first day of operation. Of those kids, 36 are aged 12 to 15. It is a particularly difficult age group for the bureau to help, because most gifts are purchased with younger children in mind.

Langley Christmas Bureau volunteer Dolanda Whaites looks over a list of boys and girls registered on the first day of operation. Of those kids, 36 are aged 12 to 15. It is a particularly difficult age group for the bureau to help, because most gifts are purchased with younger children in mind.

Shop with teens in mind, urges Langley Christmas bureau

Agency has 36 boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 15 registered this year — the group for which it tends to receive the fewest gifts

Langley Christmas Bureau volunteer Donalda Whaites knows it’s a bit early to worry, but the need for gifts for children ages 12 to 15 has grown this year. On the day the bureau opened for the season, 36 boys and girls were registered from that age group.

“We are desperate for toys for that age group,” she said. “We always have enough for the younger kids, because they are fun to buy for, but our older kids like to unwrap gifts, too.”

As an acting elf all year round, Whaites has been collecting some gifts on sale and just recently at the Christmas fair at LEC for this age group. It includes some hoodies — popular items with the tweens and teens.

But they could use more hoodies, headphones, Lego for older kids, nerf guns, hair straightners, nail art, make up cases, scooters and such for that age group.

Hundreds of toys and gifts were dropped off on Thursday from the Lower Mainland Xmas Bureau.

Each child receives a small and a big toy, a game or puzzle and a new book from Wrap A Reader program which has partnered with the bureau for many years.

The bureau is now located at #10 19638 Fraser Hwy. Call 604-530-3001 or go to langleychristmasbureau.com.