Charity and Donations

Local Rotary Clubs are holding a strawberry-sale fundraiser, starting May 8. (Stock photo from Pixabay)

Fraser Valley Rotary Clubs hold annual strawberry sale

Abbotsford, Langley, Mission and Chilliwack raise funds for community projects

  • May 10, 2022
Local Rotary Clubs are holding a strawberry-sale fundraiser, starting May 8. (Stock photo from Pixabay)
McHappy Day, McDonald’s Canada’s largest annual community charitable initiative, is back, live and in person on Wednesday May 11 at the Murrayville and Langley City restaurants. (file)

McHappy Day charitable fundraiser returns to Murrayville and Langley City McDonald’s restaurants

On Wednesday, VIPs help gather donations for Ronald McDonald House Charities and Foundry Langley

McHappy Day, McDonald’s Canada’s largest annual community charitable initiative, is back, live and in person on Wednesday May 11 at the Murrayville and Langley City restaurants. (file)
Alexie Gray and her husband were blown away by the Child Life Specialists and other staff  at BC Children’s Hospital, when their daughter Indigo was receiving care. Now they're participating in the RBC Race for the Kids to raise funds for the hospital.

Once sidelined by a rare and potentially fatal blood disease, this family is now giving back

For Indigo, the hospital was a magical place. Now she’s helping other kids have the same experience.

  • May 9, 2022
Alexie Gray and her husband were blown away by the Child Life Specialists and other staff  at BC Children’s Hospital, when their daughter Indigo was receiving care. Now they're participating in the RBC Race for the Kids to raise funds for the hospital.
Saran family presented a cheque of $8,146.40 to Canucks Autism Network (CAN). The money was raised through an annual bottle drive in Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley family raises $8,000 for kids living with autism

An annual bottle drive raises thousands for the Canucks Autism Network

Saran family presented a cheque of $8,146.40 to Canucks Autism Network (CAN). The money was raised through an annual bottle drive in Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Jean Dane is the operations coordinator at Lower Fraser valley Aboriginal Society. An artist, herself Jean showcased her creations along with other vendors at the spring market. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

Aboriginal Spring market open doors in Langley

Multiple vendors presented handmade earrings and other accessories

Jean Dane is the operations coordinator at Lower Fraser valley Aboriginal Society. An artist, herself Jean showcased her creations along with other vendors at the spring market. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
Grade 7 student Riley Campbell has raised $1,300 selling cookies to help soon-to-arrive Ukrainian refugees. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley girl selling cookies to help soon-to-arrive Ukraine refugees

$1,300 raised, so far, by a 12 year old from Willoughby

Grade 7 student Riley Campbell has raised $1,300 selling cookies to help soon-to-arrive Ukrainian refugees. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
Multiple yoga instructors were present at the event to help people practice yoga. About a dozen bunnies hoped around while people tried different yoga poses. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Easter Bunnies invade Langley mall

Yoga with rabbits raises $1,000-plus for animal rescue

Multiple yoga instructors were present at the event to help people practice yoga. About a dozen bunnies hoped around while people tried different yoga poses. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
To continue supporting youth across BC, 11 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies are coming together to host The Big BC Lotto. Buy your tickets now for a chance to win half the jackpot in a classic 50/50 draw!

Lotto for a cause: Half for you, half for ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ across BC!

The Big BC Lotto helps connect youth with caring mentors across the province

  • Apr 11, 2022
To continue supporting youth across BC, 11 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies are coming together to host The Big BC Lotto. Buy your tickets now for a chance to win half the jackpot in a classic 50/50 draw!
Sherry and Shawn Saran started the bottle drive four years ago to support the efforts of Canucks Autism Network. Their 11-years-old son, Ethan was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Fundraiser by mom to help many with autism

Saran family hopes the fourth annual bottle drive break records

Sherry and Shawn Saran started the bottle drive four years ago to support the efforts of Canucks Autism Network. Their 11-years-old son, Ethan was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
Conductor Boris Brott in a photo posted by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra ahead of its “A Tribute to Ukraine” benefit concert, April 20 at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.

VSO’s ‘A Tribute to Ukraine’ benefit concert now pays tribute to conductor killed on a Hamilton street

Boris Brott died Tuesday in Ontario city, two weeks before April 20 concert in Vancouver

Conductor Boris Brott in a photo posted by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra ahead of its “A Tribute to Ukraine” benefit concert, April 20 at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.
The Saran family is hosting its annual bottle drive on Saturday. Last year, they raised almost $6,000 for Canucks Autism Network (CAN). (Langey Advance Times files)

Murayville family collecting bottles to support youth with autism

This will be the Sarans fourth annual fundraising event for CAN

The Saran family is hosting its annual bottle drive on Saturday. Last year, they raised almost $6,000 for Canucks Autism Network (CAN). (Langey Advance Times files)
Lily Bowers with her Ukraine flag-style quilt, made to help raise funds to support those displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood woman raises over $2K for Ukraine with special handmade blanket

Lily Bowers donated $2,210 raised through ticket sales to the Red Cross

Lily Bowers with her Ukraine flag-style quilt, made to help raise funds to support those displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Local resident Melissa Mercer (left) will receive $5,000 credit towards any renovation of her choice and a $1,000 gift card to End of the Roll Langley from Jodi Steevess & the ‘VIP team.’ Her friend Annie Smith (right) nominated her for the award. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Winner of $6,000 giveaway by Aldergrove realtor announced

The money was a much-needed support for Mercer and her husband

Local resident Melissa Mercer (left) will receive $5,000 credit towards any renovation of her choice and a $1,000 gift card to End of the Roll Langley from Jodi Steevess & the ‘VIP team.’ Her friend Annie Smith (right) nominated her for the award. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Ukrainian members of the 2008-09 Canada World Youth exchange dress in their traditional clothing for an event in Port Alberni 13 years ago. (PHOTO COURTESY BEN SCHEIDEGGER)

Canada-Ukraine exchange students return to B.C. town to help and to remember

2008-09 Canada World Youth students spent three months in Ukraine and three months in Alberni

Ukrainian members of the 2008-09 Canada World Youth exchange dress in their traditional clothing for an event in Port Alberni 13 years ago. (PHOTO COURTESY BEN SCHEIDEGGER)
Sarah Beairsto (left), seven-year-old Harper Harvey and Debra Legge with boxes of Girl Guides cookies outside a warehouse in North Delta on Saturday, March 12. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

Girl Guides back to door-to-door cookie sales after 2 years of doing business differently

Chocolate/vanilla cookies sold in spring, and those who love the mint ones have to wait until fall

Sarah Beairsto (left), seven-year-old Harper Harvey and Debra Legge with boxes of Girl Guides cookies outside a warehouse in North Delta on Saturday, March 12. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Lily Bowers of Sparwood is creating a quilt made with Ukrainian flag colours to help raise funds to support refugees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood local creates quilt for Ukraine

Any funds raised from the quilt’s sale will go towards helping refugees escaping the war in Ukraine

Lily Bowers of Sparwood is creating a quilt made with Ukrainian flag colours to help raise funds to support refugees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Riccardo Sestito, president of the all-volunteer Good Times Cruise-In board, said the organization is hoping to bring back the popular Concours d’Elegance display of vintage vehicles. (Langley Advance Times file)

Langley Good Times Cruise-in hopes to bring back Concours d’Elegance to Aldergrove

Popular display of vintage vehicles was called off in 2021

Riccardo Sestito, president of the all-volunteer Good Times Cruise-In board, said the organization is hoping to bring back the popular Concours d’Elegance display of vintage vehicles. (Langley Advance Times file)
About 290 people attended the annual Giving Hearts fundraising gala that was organized to raise money for a baby incubator. While the exact amount is yet to be determined, organizers said that the their goal was achieved. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Langley fundraising gala raises $215,000

Funds will help the organizers buy a hi-tech incubator for the local hospital

About 290 people attended the annual Giving Hearts fundraising gala that was organized to raise money for a baby incubator. While the exact amount is yet to be determined, organizers said that the their goal was achieved. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Mackenzie Gaytmenn is hoping this year’s auction will raise at least $6,000 for youth mentoring. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Beer fridge, tix to Seattle Mariners game, and more to be auctioned off for Langley charity

Big Brothers Bis Sisters of Langley is running an online fundraiser until Thursday, March 10

Mackenzie Gaytmenn is hoping this year’s auction will raise at least $6,000 for youth mentoring. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Christine McCracken (executive director of programs, Encompass Support Services Society); Loren Roberts (executive director of operations, Encompass Support Services Society); Blair Qualey (New Car Dealers Association of BC); Rebecca Darnell (Darnell Law Group); Dallas Smith (award-winning country musician and creator of Lifted: The Dallas Smith Charitable Foundation); and Don Smith (Langley community member). Encompass Support Services Society received $25,000 from the Dallas Smith Charitable Foundation. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Dallas Smith gifts $25K to Langley youth initiative

More than 1,000 young people will benefit from country music star’s donation

Christine McCracken (executive director of programs, Encompass Support Services Society); Loren Roberts (executive director of operations, Encompass Support Services Society); Blair Qualey (New Car Dealers Association of BC); Rebecca Darnell (Darnell Law Group); Dallas Smith (award-winning country musician and creator of Lifted: The Dallas Smith Charitable Foundation); and Don Smith (Langley community member). Encompass Support Services Society received $25,000 from the Dallas Smith Charitable Foundation. (Special to Langley Advance Times)