Langley toy depot organizer grateful for addition of PJs to gift list

This year’s pajama drive generated 484 pairs for needy children in Langley.

Hundreds of needy children and teens in Langley will have a new pair of pajamas to wear to bed Christmas Eve.

It’s thanks in large part to an annual Jammie Drive organized by MaryLou Robertson and her children.

But it’s also thanks to the hundreds of people who donated to the fifth annual drive, she said.

Some people gave when the Jammie Drive team was set up in front of Wal-Mart the first weekend in December.

Others, mostly hockey fans, donated more than 200 pairs of new PJs when they attended either the Vancouver Giants’ special PJ night or Langley Rivermen’s game on Dec. 13.

READ: PJ-clad Giants fans helped outfit Langley kids and teens

The grand total this year, 484 pairs of PJs. And they were all delivered to the Langley Christmas Bureau for distribution, Robertson explained.

“Most people remember getting a new pair of PJ’s often given on Christmas Eve so that they could be worn,” recounted Donalda Whaites, the toy depot coordinator for the bureau.

“ For the depot, the pajamas are an “extra gift” they can give to some of the kids, she said, noting there wasn’t enough for all the children.

“For the older children we attach a gift card to them and make them a special gift,” Whaites explained.

“It really is a special thing that they do,” she said, thanking Robertson and her team for their ongoing efforts.

Robertson took over the project from a former co-worker five years ago.

Last year, they collected more than 500 pair of pajamas on behalf of the Christmas bureau.

This year’s tally fell a little short of that – but not by much. And Robertson said she’s “absolutely doing it next year” and planning to reach out to the community more to “make it even bigger.”

READ: PJ collections slated for several Langley spots

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

rhooper@langleyadvance.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

 

Just Posted

Langley police seek suspect in fake cop case

A warrant has been issued for the man who allegedly impersonated a Mountie in Langley in 2017.

Team BC advancing undefeated in junior nationals

A Langley-based team is 6-0, thus far, at the Canadian curling championships.

VIDEO: Rivermen back on the ice in Langley tonight

In their game against West Kelowna tonight, Langley’s junior A hockey team gets into action at 7:15.

Langley serves as backdrop to pair of competing short films

In the 20th annual Crazy8s Film competition, two of six producers will be filming in Langley.

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds perched in first place

Minor midgets, including several from Langley, hit the ice again on Friday.

VIDEO: Here’s what the B.C. legislature officers are accused of buying

Personal trips, purchases, alcohol and more laid out in 76-page report by Plecas

Man pulls over to help injured owl, gets hit by SUV

Chase RCMP say owl flew away while they were on scene

Cannabis sales up 25% in November as overall retail sales fall 0.9%

Cannabis store sales totalled $54 million in the first full month of legal recreational pot sales

LNG Canada support far outweighs protests, CEO says

Andy Calitz vows completion on schedule at B.C. Natural Resource Forum

B.C. Green Party leader calls for Assistant Deputy Speaker to step aside

Weaver alleges whistleblower was fired after looking into the Liberal MLA’s expenses

B.C. man says he was evicted due to ‘personal vendetta’ against his toddler

Matt Astifan says he has tried to do what he can but a young child will always make some noise

Case of B.C. man caught with 27,500 fentanyl pills thrown out due to Charter breach

‘Ambiguous’ signal by drug sniffer dog Doodz leads to B.C. Supreme Court decision

B.C. animal killer Kayla Bourque guilty of breaching conditions

Bourque is expected to be sentenced on Feb. 8

Men allegedly tied to Red Scorpions gang arrested in B.C. drug busts

Nanaimo RCMP have made multiple arrests and seized drugs, weapons and cash

Most Read