December 2, 2023

Patty Lester, coordinator of the Langley Christmas Bureau, expects to see over 60 households per day from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, when the company closes for the vacations.

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Moreover toys and present playing cards, purchasers of the Langley Christmas Bureau will obtain a e-book this season.

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The e-book comes courtesy of Wrap-A-Learn, a joint initiative of the Langley Literacy Affiliation in partnership with the Fraser Valley Regional Library. Every baby as much as 18 years of age will get a e-book.

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Shoppers who need assistance and make an appointment with the bureau additionally obtain a $50 toy present card, a meals present certificates and a go to to the toy depot to decide on a toy for his or her baby or kids.

Patty Lester, coordinator of the LCB, expects to see over 60 households per day from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, when the company closes for the vacations.

“Final yr we served 1,756 kids from 787 households and this season we anticipate we might be nearer to 900 households and a pair of,000 kids,” Lester stated. “Relying on what number of sponsors are recruited to undertake a household to offer a Christmas hamper of meals throughout the Christmas season, the Langley Christmas Bureau will present meals present certificates to households who should not in a position to be sponsored.”

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Readers of The Province assist fund Langley’s Christmas Bureau via their donations to the Empty Stocking Fund. Since 2001, readers have raised over $7 million. The fund is in its 104th yr.

This yr, funds obtained from the initiative are getting used for meals present certificates and toys.

“Earlier at present, the volunteers used funds obtained from the Empty Stocking Fund to buy some toys from Langley Toys R Us, who graciously opened their retailer early to permit the volunteers to decide on some toys,” Lester stated in early November.

“We didn’t gather toys final yr, so our cabinets have been wanting naked. We anticipate the Langley neighborhood might be beneficiant as soon as once more and supply donations and toys, so each baby has a brighter Christmas to stay up for.”

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Having a toy store once more after two years with out one is a welcome return to normalcy for workers, volunteers and purchasers.

“The mother and father get to come back right here and truly get to buy toys for the kids. That makes it extra private for them. And so they can choose up what they know that their baby goes to get pleasure from fairly than us simply sort of guessing.”

This yr bureau workers made certain they’d a number of Lego on the cabinets to cowl as many age teams as attainable.

“Even adults play with Lego,” she stated. “So now we have a number of Lego, and video games which can be nonetheless in style, like Clue and Jenga, that the older children can play.”

Together with a toy from the bureau, purchasers obtain a present certificates for an area toy store.

As with different bureaus we talked to for this collection of tales, Langley is anticipating extra purchasers this yr than earlier years.

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“Registrations at this level have undoubtedly elevated,” Lester stated. “And I feel perhaps there’s a little bit of fear among the many purchasers, like, ‘I don’t need to miss it. I want it to offer a Christmas for my household.’”

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