Langley City manager of technology  Ken Ogden is  one of the Langley Christmas Bureau elves helping to get the computers up and running for   opening day on Nov. 3.

Langley City manager of technology Ken Ogden is one of the Langley Christmas Bureau elves helping to get the computers up and running for opening day on Nov. 3.

Christmas comes early to Langley City

Langley Christmas Bureau opened its doors to needy families on Monday, Nov. 3.

It always seems so hard to believe but there are signs in Langley that Christmas is around the corner.

Elves of all talents are busy getting the Langley Christmas Bureau ready to open for Monday, Nov. 3 at the former Fields store at #307-20300 Fraser Highway.

The stockings are hung, the tree is lit and decorated, the toys have been carefully laid out by Starbucks’ volunteers, the 100 volunteers who make it all possible are ready to go, said Christmas Bureau co-cordinators Leigh Castron and Jim McGregor.

“It really does take 100 people to do this each year,” said Castron. “We are so lucky, we have the best volunteers and a very generous community. There are more fundraisers for the bureau this year than ever before. I think everybody is touched by Christmas and want to be part of giving.”

It’s a good thing the Langleys have a Christmas bureau because the need is growing.

Last year, they helped 803 families and 1,650 kids. There were 240 new applicants last year and the numbers are increasing from addresses in the Township.

Langley’s is the only bureau in all Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley that is volunteers only.

Parents can register in person starting Nov. 3, with CareCards for each child and proof of residency.

The popular Gift for Kids tree opens at Willowbrook Shopping Centre on Dec. 1.

The Aldergrove office opens on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at #104-26956 Fraser Hwy. That bureau is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Langley City Christmas Bureau is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more info go to langleychristmasbureau.com.