Kiana Troyer samples the icing before decorating her house. Miranda Fatur Black Press

VIDEO: Langley realtor builds holiday party for kids

Realtor Matthew Rufh hosted a gingerbread house-building party for the Langley Boys and Girls Club.

A local realtor purchased houses for 30 Langley kids – gingerbread houses that is.

Realtor Matthew Rufh threw the 3rd annual “GingerRufh House Party,” a holiday gingerbread building contest and pizza party, on Wednesday night to “bring the Christmas spirit” to the Langley Boys and Girls Club.

“I wanted to give back to an organization that’s close to the City of Langley and close to my heart. It’s a great atmosphere for them to come out and have fun and get extra curricular activities in like this,” said Matthew.

The amount of real homes that Matthew sells throughout the year matches how many gingerbread houses he purchases for the kids to decorate at the annual holiday party.

This year, Matthew sold 30 homes, and supplied more than enough gingerbread for each participate to decorate their own house.

“The hardest part now is finding all the kids to decorate them,” laughed Rufh.

And this year, Matthew was joined by his sister Courtney Rufh, who began a career as a Langley realtor last year.

“I just wanted to see the excitement in the kids. I love making gingerbread houses myself and I love Christmas time so getting to help out and meet the kids is awesome,” added Courtney.

According to Boys and Girls Club activity coordinator Laney McBride, having guests such as Matthew and Courtney shows the kids that people in the community care about them.

“I think it helps them out just knowing there’s other people besides the Boys and Girls Club who care and want to assist them and give them fun activities. Some of these kids don’t get to do Christmas things at home because parents can’t afford to bring that stuff in.”

Twenty-five children in Grades 6 to 8 enjoyed the evening filled with food, holiday tunes, laughs, and creativity.

The Boys and Girls Club is a safe space where children can do activities, play sports, work on homework, and more.

Children aged 6 to 18 are welcome to join.

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Sophie Griffiths recognized the Boys and Girls Club (BGC) Langley on the roof of her house. Miranda Fatur Black Press

Tyson White carefully lined the roof with icing. Miranda Fatur Black Press

Jenna Mosley decked out her house in festive colours. Miranda Fatur Black Press

Arianna Ward-Noddle helped stack the 30 gingerbread houses. Miranda Fatur Black Press

Deldar Saloujk was excited to start working on the house. Miranda Fatur Langley Times

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