PHOTO: Langley City Mayor Ted Schaffer and Councillor Rudy Storteboom joined LMHF representative Erin McDonald and Shannon Todd Booth, of the Langley Hospice Society, to promote Giving Tuesday. (Langley Hospice Society photo)
Five Langley charities are hoping that residents who’ve adopted Black Friday and Cyber Monday will also be open to Giving Tuesday each Dec. 1.
The Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation, Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS), Langley Hospice Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley and the Langley School District 35 Foundation have partnered to encourage people to think about the true meaning of the Christmas season.
“It’s been neat to see it grow,” Shannon Todd Booth, with the Langley Hospice Society, said of Giving Tuesday.
Black Friday falls right after American Thanksgiving and in the high tech age was followed by Cyber Monday.
Then came Giving Tuesday and the three concepts expanded beyond U.S. borders.
“We hope over time that it will be a day that we recognize throughout the whole community,” she said.
PHOTO: Helping raise awareness and funds for local causes were hospice volunteer April Fandstone, and Rivermen Zack Bleuler, Jordan Schneider and Max Kaufman. (Langley Hospice Society photo)
In addition to the five local charities, several businesses and others have come forward to support Giving Tuesday around Langley.
Langley Township firefighters (through their charitable society) did a barbecue at the Willoughby Save-On Foods.
CD Logistics had a food drive for the Salvation Army. Forever Yours Lingerie has teamed up with Shoppers Drug Mart on an initiative.
The Save-On Foods in Aldergrove, Brookswood Buy Low Foods and Otter Coop had hot drinks by donation. There were Giving Tuesday volunteers at the Langley Superstore and Willowbrook Shopping Centre, and collections were done at the Fort Pub and JD Farms.
“We felt the day went incredibly well and had a great response from the community,” Todd Booth said after.
She added that anyone wanting to find out more can go to givingtuesday.ca. Local people were asked to tweet with the hashtag #LangleyGives to help spread the message of Giving Tuesday – a growing civic movement to celebrate and promote volunteerism and philanthropy.
PHOTO: Zoe Booth volunteered at the Willoughby Save-On Foods along with Aaron Spears, a Township firefighter at the Walnut Grove hall. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance).