Single parents honoured at North Langley church

Super Single Parents Day lived up to its name on May 10.

A total of 132 single moms and three single dads, along with 175 children and teens were pampered by more than 400 volunteers at North Langley Community Church (NLCC).

“We had the most fabulous Super Single Parents Day so far,” said NLCC pastor Janet Thiessen.

The volunteers worked all day in many areas: a day spa, kid’s free clothing boutique, haircuts, family portraits, preparing and serving food (for more than 700 people), cleaning and changing oil in cars, playing with kids, running workshops, serving specialty coffees, helping with crafts, and organizing and keeping the event running smoothly.

More than 80 cars were serviced.

The rain held off and the sun appeared in the afternoon.

The single parents, kids and volunteers “had a wonderful full day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” according to Thiessen.

“We all went home tired, but thrilled to make mother’s day special for so many moms,” she added.

The event also had generous donations of all the oil and oil filters from Great Canadian Oil Change, coffee from The Watershed Café, and help with haircuts from Great Clips in Walnut Grove, plus many other personal donations from businesses.

Comments from single moms:

“Yesterday my daughter and I attended our third annual single parents day. We look forward to it all year.  This morning I woke to just my little girl. No celebration or special events or presents. However, I was not sad. I felt so very pampered and spoiled by everything I was blessed with yesterday. You will never know how much this day means to me. Being a single parent is very lonely and all of you have eased that in one way or another.”

“I was in awe of all the volunteers and the kindness we received. We had a fantastic day all because of you! Thank you so very much!”

“I attended, for the first time, your Super Single Parent Day today. I just had to let you know, how much of a wonderful day I had today.  From the moment I drove up, until the moment I drove away, every moment was wonderful. All of the volunteers were so kind and loving, making me feel so welcome and comfortable.”

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