Ken Ogden

Langley Christmas Bureau opens its doors Nov. 1

Volunteers will once again be serving clients from Langley City and Aldergrove offices

Starting Nov. 1, the Langley Christmas Bureau will once again begin taking applications from families who need assistance during the upcoming holiday season.

This is the bureau’s 40th year of providing food hampers and toys to Langley families in need.

The Christmas Bureau office will be located at 20560 Fraser Hwy. on the one-way street in Langley City. This location is just east of last year’s location, in the former Coast Capital building.

It will be open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Applicants must bring two pieces of ID with proof of residency (current phone bill or Hydro bill) and a Care Card for each member of the family.

Last year, 809 families and more than 1,800 children were helped out by the Langley Christmas Bureau, said co-coordinator Jim McGregor. McGregor and Leigh Castron are once again heading up the volunteer operation.

“Every year, the number of families registered goes up. In our business we don’t want the numbers to increase, but sadly they do,” he said.

In recent years, the bureau has created application forms in several different languages, so the service is accessible for everyone.

The Aldergrove bureau will be at the Aviva Employment office at #104-26956 Fraser Hwy. It will open on Nov. 5 every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The popular Gifts For Kids tree at Willowbrook Shopping Centre will open the first weekend of December.

Toy Depot Days, when parents come to pick out gifts and a book for their children, will be held Dec. 16 to 18.

Anyone needing further information on application, family sponsorship or to make a donation, or to sponsor a family, can contact the Langley Christmas Bureau at 604- 530-3001 or see www.langleychristmasbureau.com.

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