The wives of Langleys' mayors are helping make Christmas morning brighter for less fortunate families.
Debbie Froese and Charlene Fassbender have organized the Thank You for Caring Christmas Tea on Nov. 18 to benefit the Langley Christmas Bureau.
Debbie, married to Township Mayor Jack Froese, had thrown a tea during his campaign and decided that, since it helped her get to know more people in the community, that another one should be done.
"After Jack was elected I wanted to give a tea that would give back to the community," Debbie said. "In a conversation with [City Mayor] Peter [Fassbender] and Charlene, Charlene loved the idea of co-hosting a fundraiser for the Christmas Bureau.
So the two women approached the local volunteer-run organization.
"I think the Christmas Bureau is a great asset to our community," Charlene said. "The families that are helped are very grateful and the volunteers are very dedicated, wonderful citizens of our community."
In 2011, the bureau provided gifts for 793 families.
The event will feature singer Cole Armour and two groups from the Langley Community Music School.
"We have an instrumental group and a trio of singers," Charlene explained. "It should be great."
Jim McGregor, who co-ordinates the bureau with Leigh Castron, will act as emcee. There will be volunteers from the bureau there, as well as information about ways people can help out, from giving gifts and cash to sponsoring a family.
"We are asking those who come to bring an unwrapped children's gift, or a cash donation. But our goal is to raise awareness for the Christmas Bureau," Debbie said.
Tickets are $20. There is a silent auction and door prizes. The event runs 1-4 p.m. in the Fort Langley Golf Course, 9782 McKinnon Cres.
The Langley Christmas Bureau
People must apply in person at the Langley Christmas Bureau.
- The last day to submit applications is Dec. 15.
- Gifts for Kids starts Dec. 1 at Willowbrook Shopping Centre.
- Closing in Aldergrove Dec. 13.
- Gift certificates, toys and books will be given out on Dec. 17, 18 and 19.
- Closing in Langley Dec. 21.
Langley, 20550 Fraser Hwy.: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Aldergrove, 101A 27336 Fraser Hwy. (Horse Council of BC building): Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There are four ways to sponsor a family.
- Online application
- Download a PDF application and fax
- Phone 604-530-3001
- Apply in person at the Langley Christmas Bureau
Unwrapped gifts for children birth to age 18, gift certificates or money are accepted.
Information: www.langleychristmasbureau.com or 604-530-3001.