Ron Dunkley Christmas Stocking launched

Aldergrove mother, Carey Ann Poitras, is helping to raise funds, food and goods for the less fortunate in Aldergrove and Langley

The late Ron Dunkley (at left) and co-organizer of the Ron Dunkley Christmas Stocking fund

The late Ron Dunkley (at left) and co-organizer of the Ron Dunkley Christmas Stocking fund

An Aldergrove mother, Carey Ann Poitras, is helping to raise funds, food and goods for the less fortunate in Aldergrove and Langley, in memory of a Langley City firefighter who died in January in Seattle, two months after being struck by a train.

The first-ever Ron Dunkley Christmas Stocking has been launched and sets out to share a bit of warmth and cheer in our community this year.

Food and other essentials donated to the Christmas Stocking fund will be distributed to the homeless in Langley and Aldergrove on Christmas Eve, said Carey Poitras, one of the organizers.

“We are doing something different this year,” Poitras said, “making it our mission this Christmas season to bring some cheer and hope to those that have little of both.”

Dunkley, a Langley City firefighter, died on Jan. 4 from injuries he suffered when he was dragged by a train in Seattle in November, 2010.

“He was a valued member of our Langley community and his daily life was devoted to help the people in the community,” Poitras said.

“As this project was created to assist those in need on Christmas Eve we have chosen this name. It’s a privilege to honour the life of Ron who is so greatly missed by family, friends and the community of Langley,” she said.

Anyone who would like to give to the Ron Dunkley Christmas Stocking can drop off donations at Pastime Sports and Games, 20364 Fraser Hwy. in Langley City.

There is more information available on the following websites:

http://www.facebook.com/OperationChristmasEve

http://www.facebook.com/MyNorthLangley