The Thanks for Caring Christmas Tea is organized by (left to right) Dianne McCafferty

Annual tea makes Christmas brighter for Langley kids

Langley groups host various fundraisers to support the Langley Christmas Bureau. Planning is underway now.

Nov. 22 is tea time and a chance to gussy up to help the Langley Christmas Bureau.

Since starting a few years ago, the Thanks for Caring – a Christmas Tea (aka the Mayors’ Wives Tea) has become an anticipated annual event.

“The tea is a great excuse to wear your finest hats and fine clothes,” said Jean Schaffer.

Debbie Froese, wife of Township Mayor Jack Froese, and Jean Schaffer, married to City Mayor Ted Schaffer, oversee a committee of local volunteers who organize this gathering.

The event has become a chance for people to doll up, enjoy high tea and entertainment, and support a popular local cause.

“The Christmas Tea gives people the opportunity to give back to the community no matter how big or small,” Schaffer commented. “As the Christmas Tea is largely attended by women, approximately 95 per cent, the event gives grandmothers, mothers, daughters, nieces, sisters and good friends the opportunity to get together, have some fun while at the same time give back to the community.”

Schaffer said it’s only possible because of the hardworking volunteers who sit on the organizing committee as well as donations from sponsors.

The doors open at noon and the tea runs 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at Cascades Casino. Elvis Elite and the Langley Community Music School.

Tea, sandwiches and desserts are on the menu and there’s door prizes and a silent action. New this year is a Christmas Cracker Raffle for $10.

“Attendees will be waiting anxiously for our emcee Jim McGregor to announce when to pull the snaps on the crackers to find out what they have won,” Schaffer said.

There’s a jewelry package donated by Susan Rind, LCMS ticket prizes, and more.

Tickets are $25 apiece and only 500 are available. The event has been a sellout annually.

Tickets can be purchased at Frostings Cupcakery, JD Farms, and the Langley Christmas Bureau, which this year is at 19638 Fraser Hwy.

Last year the bureau helped 803 families and 1,750 local children during the holiday season.

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