Giving Tuesday got off to an early start in the Langleys, with some events taking place well before the official Nov. 27 date, which is timed to follow Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a day of generosity.
At the weekend Bloom Market at the Fort Langley Community Hall, there were Santa photos by donation with the money supporting Langley Gives, a group of local organizations.
“The Fort Langley BIA is going to match the donations we receive,” noted Jayne Nelson, executive director of the Langley Animal Protection Society.
LAPS is one of the groups in Langley Gives. It also includes the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation, Langley Lodge, the Langley Hospice Society, the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program, Soroptimist International of the Langleys, and the Langley Volunteer Bureau
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On the actual day, people were invited to visit the lobby of Langley Memorial Hospital from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday to get photos by donation with Santa. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com or by calling 604-533-6422. Funds from this
“We encourage people to join our local LangleyGives Facebook page to see what other organizations are doing to support the Giving Tuesday movement,” said Erin McDonals, with the hospital foundation. “Together we can support a giving culture in Langley. And remember to hashtag #langleygives to spread the word about the good work you’re doing for our community.”
At the Langley McDonald’s restaurant at 19780 Fraser Hwy, customers could support Langley Memorial Hospital and Giving Tuesday with a variety of activities that include spin-the-wheel by donation for prizes that included free coffee, 2-for-1 sandwich coupons and free happy meals.
All donations went to Emergency Response, the campaign to build a new Emergency Department and MRI Suite at Langley Memorial.