PHOTOS: Help give 2,000 local kids a Christmas by donating to the Langley bureau

Langley RCMP Cpl. Craig van Herk and two young friends got up early to attend last year’s third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast toy drive and fundraiser at Newlands Golf & Country Club. This year, due to the pandemic, the breakfast has been cancelled, instead the Langley Christmas Bureau is accepting gift cards or donations online or in-person at Langley City Hall. (Langley Advance Times file)Langley RCMP Cpl. Craig van Herk and two young friends got up early to attend last year’s third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast toy drive and fundraiser at Newlands Golf & Country Club. This year, due to the pandemic, the breakfast has been cancelled, instead the Langley Christmas Bureau is accepting gift cards or donations online or in-person at Langley City Hall. (Langley Advance Times file)
Help give Langley kids a Christmas by donating to the local bureau. Open the camera app on your cellphone and hold it over the the QR code to find a prompt to re-direct you to the Christmas bureau website where a donation of any amount can be submitted. (City of Langley/Special to Langley Advance Times)
In 2019, a record number of 3,000 guests came to the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)In 2019, a record number of 3,000 guests came to the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)
In 2019, Santa and Mrs. Claus posed for photos with young guests after families dropped off toy donations and enjoyed a free breakfast at the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)In 2019, Santa and Mrs. Claus posed for photos with young guests after families dropped off toy donations and enjoyed a free breakfast at the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)
In 2019, Violet Pearce played in faux snow at the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)In 2019, Violet Pearce played in faux snow at the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)
In 2019, after guests dropped of a toy donation were treated to a complimentary breakfast at the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)In 2019, after guests dropped of a toy donation were treated to a complimentary breakfast at the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)
In 2019, after guests dropped of a toy donation were treated to a complimentary breakfast at the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)In 2019, after guests dropped of a toy donation were treated to a complimentary breakfast at the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)
In 2019, local choirs and groups spread some holiday cheer as they sang Christmas songs during the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)In 2019, local choirs and groups spread some holiday cheer as they sang Christmas songs during the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)
In 2019, after guests dropped of a toy donation were treated to a complimentary breakfast at the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)In 2019, after guests dropped of a toy donation were treated to a complimentary breakfast at the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)
Toy mountain reached new heights last year after generous donations made by guests who attended the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)Toy mountain reached new heights last year after generous donations made by guests who attended the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)
In 2019, a record number of 3,000 guests came to the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)In 2019, a record number of 3,000 guests came to the third annual Christmas Wish Breakfast hosted at Newlands Golf & Country Club in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. (Langley Advance Times file)

It’s going to look a little different, but the elves are working away to open the doors to the Langley Christmas Bureau with the hopes of raising $280,000 in an effort to support 800 local families and 2,000 children this holiday season.

In keeping with provincial health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic the bureau will not be collecting toy donations or holding the Christmas Wish Breakfast at Newlands Golf & Country Club, but rather the community is being asked to make donations of any amount in cash, or gift cards in $25 denominations.

“We all understand the impact of this year, and COVID, and businesses closing, and more people than ever not employed and so we understand that the needs within our community and beyond will be greater than ever before,” said Judy Davies, with the local country club that plays host to the annual breakfast and toy drive.

“We hope as we [temporarily] pivot to a different direction this year that people still understand and still help, and I believe they will,” she added.

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With the generous donations from the community last year the bureau was able to provide a Christmas for around 650 local families, but they are expecting their client list to increase by 20 per cent this year, said Velma MacAllister, coordinator of the Langley Christmas Bureau.

“The Langley Christmas Bureau is volunteer workers, so none of the money raised goes to wages, or to storage… it’s not even for the administration of our funds, nothing goes out of that money raised for anything,” she said.

Registered families will receive a $50 gift card for each child to purchase a toy, a $100 grocery gift card plus an additional $50 grocery gift card for each child.

Families will also receive a reading book voucher, that they can redeem at the Langley branches of the Fraser Valley Regional Library under the Wrap-a-Read program, thanks to the Langley Literacy Association.

“We’re in need of big help,” MacAllister emphasized about raising funds.

READ MORE: Langley literacy group spends $11,000 on new books for kids at Christmas bureau

Those wishing to donate can scan the Christmas bureau’s QR code, by opening the camera app on their cellphone and holding it over the bar-code.

Once the code is scanned an alert will appear to open the Christmas bureau’s webpage where a cash donation of any amount can be made.

Cash or gift card donations can also be made in-person at Langley City Hall (20399 Douglas Cres.).

The bureau is requiring clients, sponsors and volunteers visiting the office to wear masks.

Beginning Nov. 12, the office of the bureau will open at the Timms Community Centre (20399 Douglas Cres.) from Monday to Friday between 10 a.m to 3:30 p.m. until Dec. 12.

READ MORE: Santa’s Langley elves set up Christmas bureau for 2019 season

During the first week of November the bureau will contact families from last year to set-up an appointment to come to the community centre. New clients will need to contact the bureau (604-530-3001) to also set-up an appointment.

Last year’s Christmas Wish Breakfast, in it’s third year, saw a record number of 3,000 people who came to Newlands with gifts for the fundraising event. In exchange for a donation to the Christmas bureau, Newlands offered a free buffet breakfast inside the banquet hall, where guests could visit with Santa, listen to live music and share in the merriment of the season.

READ MORE: VIDEO: Christmas Wish Breakfast crowd a third bigger

Although the breakfast will not be taking place this year, the spirit of the season remains as the community rallies this year to help make the season a little brighter for Langley families and kids.

For more information and to donate visit langleychristmasbureau.com or call 604-530-3001.


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