The first-ever Children’s Wish Breakfast in the Fraser Valley generated a better-than-expected response Tuesday in Langley City.
Over 1,000 people showed up, donating over 2,500 toys, $1165 in gift cards, and $5,000 in cash donations.
“For Langley’s first annual Children’s Wish Breakfast, the response from the community was unbelievable and encouraging,” Mayor Ted Schaffer said.
The event was held at Newlands Golf and Country club.
Everyone who turned up between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to donate a toy or make a cash donation was treated to a complimentary breakfast prepared by the Newlands culinary staff.
Schaffer said the event will be held again next year.
It was the first time the event, which has been held in Vancouver since 1987 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver, has been held in the Fraser Valley.
“The annual event at the Pan Pacific takes care of the north side of the Fraser and there’s never been anything on the south side of the Fraser,” Schaffer said.
“So with a trade area of over 500,000 people we thought it would be great to team up with Newlands and have a toy breakfast on the south side of the Fraser. This is a caring community.”
There was live entertainment provided by local singers and musicians and a visit from Santa.
Volunteers from the Langley City Fire Department and the Langley RCMP were on hand to receive the toys on behalf of the Christmas Bureau.
After the event, the Christmas Bureau elves sorted the toys according to age and gender.
Last year, the all-volunteer Langley Christmas Bureau helped 759 families consisting of 1,700 children.