Special farm day aids Special Olympics Langley

There’s a special day in the works for special people at Aldor Acres next Sunday.

On Aug. 24, Melissa Anderson and the rest of her family are opening up their popular Glen Valley farm for the second annual Special Needs Day.

It’s not a public event, explained Anderson, the farm’s operations manager and oldest grandchild of farm founders Albert and Dorothy Anderson.

It’s a day just for Langley residents living with special needs – and for their families or caregivers – Anderson explained.

It is a day when they can have the farm to themselves, to enjoy what it has to offer among themselves.

“To see the smiles on their faces as they hold the animals… animals are so therapeutic for people, we just want to share some of the magic we’re so fortunate to have,” she said.

Admission is by donation for Special Needs Day, with all proceeds from the family-run concession going to Special Olympics of B.C., earmarked specifically for the Langley chapter, Anderson said.

Last year, between 350 and 400 people attended, and the farm managed to raise a bit above $2,000 for the charity.

The barns will be open, the bunny corral overrunning, and the petting zoo set up with piglets, chicks, and other animals – all looking forward to some extra love.

This year there will once again be tractor-pulled hayrides around the farm. The haywagon is modified with a wheelchair ramp, so everyone can experience the fun, Anderson said.

The inaugural event in 2013 was intended to celebrate the Aldor Acres Pumpkin Patch 25th anniversary, and simultaneously Anderson’s 25th birthday.

The success of the event, however, was so moving for her and for her family that it took no convincing at all for them to offer it again.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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