Langley Christmas Bureau

Tourism Langley Christmas December 2020 gift boxes were a sold-out success, the agency reported (file)

Tourism Langley gift boxes were a hit

Following sellout, there are plans to do more this year

 

A Langley Times newspaper clipping of Brookswood Secondary students building toys for Langley Christmas Bureau families. Published Dec. 19, 1987. (Langley Advance Times files)

Beginnings of Langley Christmas Bureau unclear

A look back at a Langley holiday institution

 

Thanks to residents, businesses, and organizations in town, the Langley Christmas Bureau surpassed its fundraising goal this year. (Langley Advance Times illustration)

Kindness ensures Langley Christmas Bureau surpasses goal, raises $370,000

Charity supported around 700 local families, 1,600 kids

 

On Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, Grace Stewart and Charlene Fassbender from the Thank-you for Caring Society visited the Langley Christmas Bureau’s temporary location at Timms Community Centre to present bureau coordinator Velma MacAllister (centre) with a cheque for more than $30,000. (Peter Fassbender/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Virtual Christmas Tea fundraiser raises $30,000 for Langley bureau

Local charity wrapped up giving season on Saturday

On Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, Grace Stewart and Charlene Fassbender from the Thank-you for Caring Society visited the Langley Christmas Bureau’s temporary location at Timms Community Centre to present bureau coordinator Velma MacAllister (centre) with a cheque for more than $30,000. (Peter Fassbender/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Emily Schlenker, with the City of Langley library, shows just a selection of books the Langley Literary Association purchased this 2020 season for kids helped by the local Christmas bureau. (Alicia Rempel/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley group gives the gift of literacy this Christmas

Literacy association donates $12,000 in new books to local bureau

Emily Schlenker, with the City of Langley library, shows just a selection of books the Langley Literary Association purchased this 2020 season for kids helped by the local Christmas bureau. (Alicia Rempel/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Velma MacAllister, coordinator of the Langley Christmas Bureau, sits behind a Plexi-glass barrier to check-in clients visiting the charity’s temporary location at Timms Community Centre at Langley City hall during the 2020 holiday season. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)

Langley Christmas Bureau aid makes for a ‘grateful mother’

Local charity hopes to support more families

Velma MacAllister, coordinator of the Langley Christmas Bureau, sits behind a Plexi-glass barrier to check-in clients visiting the charity’s temporary location at Timms Community Centre at Langley City hall during the 2020 holiday season. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)
Velma MacAllister, coordinator of the Langley Christmas Bureau, holds up donated gift cards at the bureau’s temporary location at Timms Community Centre in Langley City. The bureau is in need of cash, gift card or cheque donations this year to support 800 local families. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)

Generosity imperative this holiday season

Langley Christmas Bureau is dependent on the donation of gift cards this year

Velma MacAllister, coordinator of the Langley Christmas Bureau, holds up donated gift cards at the bureau’s temporary location at Timms Community Centre in Langley City. The bureau is in need of cash, gift card or cheque donations this year to support 800 local families. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)
The Home Builders Association Vancouver will hold its annual Coats for Kids drive in 2020 to benefit the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau and Surrey Christmas Bureau. (HAVAN/Special to Black Press Media)

Several Langley businesses drop off points for HAVAN Christmas fundraiser

Coats for Kids is accepting winter wear as well as cash donations to help local children

The Home Builders Association Vancouver will hold its annual Coats for Kids drive in 2020 to benefit the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau and Surrey Christmas Bureau. (HAVAN/Special to Black Press Media)
Karen Cameron chairs the Thanks for Caring Society which hosts the Christmas Tea. This year’s tea is virtual and features a variety of items for its auction. (Cameron photo/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley Christmas high tea organizers hope popularity remains for virtual event

Annual Thanks for Caring Christmas Tea is virtual. People can still have high tea and watch online

Karen Cameron chairs the Thanks for Caring Society which hosts the Christmas Tea. This year’s tea is virtual and features a variety of items for its auction. (Cameron photo/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Langley RCMP Cpl. Craig van Herk and two young friends got up early to attend last year’s third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast toy drive and fundraiser at Newlands Golf & Country Club. This year, due to the pandemic, the breakfast has been cancelled, instead the Langley Christmas Bureau is accepting gift cards or donations online or in-person at Langley City Hall. (Langley Advance Times file)

PHOTOS: Help give 2,000 local kids a Christmas by donating to the Langley bureau

Despite no Christmas Wish breakfast, this year’s campaign aims to raise $280,000

Langley RCMP Cpl. Craig van Herk and two young friends got up early to attend last year’s third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast toy drive and fundraiser at Newlands Golf & Country Club. This year, due to the pandemic, the breakfast has been cancelled, instead the Langley Christmas Bureau is accepting gift cards or donations online or in-person at Langley City Hall. (Langley Advance Times file)
Donalda Whaites and Velma McAllister are again coordinating the Langley Christmas Bureau which has a new location, in the complex at 19860 Langley Bypass. (Langley Advance files)

Langley Christmas Bureau has new headquarters for the holiday season

The volunteer-run organization found room in a local shopping complex and opens for the season soon.

Donalda Whaites and Velma McAllister are again coordinating the Langley Christmas Bureau which has a new location, in the complex at 19860 Langley Bypass. (Langley Advance files)
Wilma Birkett and Mike McLeod volunteered with Wrap-a-Read, the program of the Langley Literacy Association that provides a new book for each child helped by the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Bailey Martens/Special to the Langley Advance)

Langley literacy group able to give 1,800 books to Christmas bureau

The Wrap-a-Read program was possible this year thanks to community contributions.

Wilma Birkett and Mike McLeod volunteered with Wrap-a-Read, the program of the Langley Literacy Association that provides a new book for each child helped by the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Bailey Martens/Special to the Langley Advance)
The Langley First Capital Chorus in 1973. (First Capital Chorus website)

Men’s chorus raise their voices in song for Langley Christmas Bureau

Other local musical groups will be taking part in the annual fundraising concert.

The Langley First Capital Chorus in 1973. (First Capital Chorus website)
Giants players Bailey Dhaliwal in his snowman jammies and reindeer Dawson Holt are helping support the fundraiser. (Vancouver Giants photo)

Giants’ Langley game becomes a pajama party Dec. 5

The Vancouver Giants and the Langley Riverman are supporting the Jammie Drive.

Giants players Bailey Dhaliwal in his snowman jammies and reindeer Dawson Holt are helping support the fundraiser. (Vancouver Giants photo)
Friends and family help collect donations at the annual Jammie Drive. (Jammie Drive photo)

PJ collections slated for several Langley spots

The fifth annual Jammie Drive collects PJs that are given out by the Langley Christmas Bureau.

Friends and family help collect donations at the annual Jammie Drive. (Jammie Drive photo)
Langley Christmas Fun: Nov. 23, 2017 edition

Langley Christmas Fun: Nov. 23, 2017 edition

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  • Nov 23, 2017
Langley Christmas Fun: Nov. 23, 2017 edition
Langley Lions brave cold to raise funds for the Christmas bureau

Langley Lions brave cold to raise funds for the Christmas bureau

The club and supporters dropped by a donation recently and will be out raising funds again soon.

Langley Lions brave cold to raise funds for the Christmas bureau
Iris Mooney lived in Langley for more than 70 years, involved in health care and the community. (Langley Advance files)

Iris Mooney brought more than 20,000 Langley babies into the world

Iris Mooney died July 19 and will be honoured in late August with a celebration of life.

Iris Mooney lived in Langley for more than 70 years, involved in health care and the community. (Langley Advance files)