Jayde Martin, 4, demonstrated how to choose a tag from the Christmas Bureau’s tree at the Willowbrook Shopping Centre. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance)

Tree decked for Langley Christmas Bureau

A tree and toy bin will help collect gifts for needy families around Langley.

The Langley Christma Bureau has decked out its tree, and is now working to fill its giant gift bin at the Willowbrook Shopping Centre.

Every year, the Christmas Bureau collects cash and gifts from shoppers in the mall to help fill the stockings of sponsored families.

Donors can bring an unwrapped gift suitable for a child. Tags on the tree suggest ages and genders appropriate for different gifts, ranging from infants to teenagers.

Last year, 1,594 kids in Langley were helped by the Christmas Bureau.

“I think well be more,” said Christmas Bureau tree organizer Sylvia Anderson. There were already 700 signed up in the first few days of registration, and with Syrian refugee families settling in Langley, Anderson believes there will be some new families taking part for the first time.

Every year, the tree and the volunteers who staff it provide an introduction to the Christmas Bureau by some who haven’t heard of it.

“A lot of people come by and they don’t know what we’re about,” Anderson said.

The tree is in a new location this year, near the Sport Chek on the north side of the mall. The tree and toy box will be there until Dec. 17.

The volunteers are asking that no stuffed toys, dolls, or clothing other than baby clothes be donated.

Volunteers will also give gift suggestions and accept gift cards worth up to $30.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Drifting sailboat runs aground on White Rock beach

Vessel dragged anchor in high wind, no environmental damage sustained

Surrey-born Trybe social media app’s award system connects with Nickelback singer

‘It’s turned into so much more than we originally conceived,’ says co-founder of the new platform

Peace Portal Seniors Village staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Staff member currently in isolation at home, enhanced control measures in place

Increased border enforcement curbs cross-line parties at Peace Arch State Park

Gatherings between U.S. and Canadian citizens ‘a daily carnival’ – resident

Sullivan Heights, Tamanawis each report second COVID-19 exposures

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

BC Liberal Leader talks drug addiction in the Lower Mainland

Drug addiction and public safety a top priority says Andrew Wilkinson

Pandemic derails CP Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific will work to get donations to food banks while also producing an online music concert

Vanderhoof’s Brian Frenkel takes on top job in tough times

We can get through this, new local government leader says

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Mounties cleared by watchdog in fatal shooting of man with schizophrenia in Maple Ridge

Kyaw Din was killed by the RCMP during a mental health incident in August 2019

Local councils important, Horgan says as municipal conference ends

B.C. NDP leader says ‘speed dating’ vital, online or in person

Penticton woman sentenced to one year in prison for manslaughter of teen boyfriend

Kiera Bourque, 24, was sentenced for manslaughter in the 2017 death of Penticton’s Devon Blackmore

Most Read