What’s in Store: Why not offer aid at home?

A couple nights of late the mercury has dropped below freezing, and it’s during this time when our thoughts turn to the homeless and less fortunate residents of our community who struggle to keep warm this winter.

 As is a Langley tradition, there are a number of companies and business people stepping up to help.

Urban Barn, for instance, is running a month-long initiative called Blanket the Country in Warmth. Until Dec. 14, every $5 donated at the local store means a fleece blanket is donated.

But for some reason, these blankets are going to a Surrey shelter, not being offered here at home.

Not sure why that is?

Realtors care, too

Realtors are once again helping the efforts, too. 

Through until Monday, they’re collecting gently used blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothing (coats, pants, sweaters), scarves, gloves/mitts, hats, as well as new socks and underwear.

Pretty much every real estate office in Langley is accepting donations. 

But again, these items are going to a Surrey agency, instead of staying here to help those in Langley. What’s with that?

• RE/MAX Little Oak Realty 9148 Glover Road 604-888-2475 Fort Langley

•  HomeLife Benchmark Realty 6323 197th Street 604-530-4141 Langley

• Macdonald Realty Ltd. 22424 Fraser Highway 604-530-4111 Langley

• Prudential-Power Play Realty 20585 Fraser Highway 604-533-3231 Langley

• RE/MAX Treeland Realty 101-6337 198th Street 604-533-3491 Langley

• Royal LePage Wolstencroft 110-19925 Willowbrook Dr 604-530-0231 Langley

• Sutton Group-West Coast  156-19653 Willowbrook Dr 604-533-3939 Langley

• HomeLife Benchmark 201-20999 88th Avenue 604-888-7424 Walnut Grove

• RE/MAX Lifestyles Realty 8-8880 202 Street 604-513-2300 Walnut Grove

• RE/MAX Aldercenter Realty 26641 Fraser Highway 604-857-1100 Aldergrove

Builders pitch in

And kicking off next week, several Langley members of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association are participating its 19th annual Coats for Kids campaign.

Country Lumber, Starline Windows, Trail Appliances, and Vesta Properties are dropoff sites until Dec. 4.

At least these donations are staying in town – indirectly. Langley Christmas Bureau will receive a percentage of the overall donations collected.

McD opens, gives back

Unrelated. A few weeks back I told you about the new McDonald’s opening in Willoughby.

The restaurant hosted a VIP grand opening on Nov. 5 with dignitaries, media, family, and friends, then opened to the public on Nov. 7.

From opening day, through until Sunday, Nov. 30, 25 cents from every two cookies sold will be donated to the Ronald McDonald family room at Surrey Memorial Hospital, as well as the Langley-based PuCKS program.

This new restaurant, said owner Ron Knight, features exciting new elements, including a triangular-shaped street front design, extensive landscaping and green wall, and a dual-lane drive thru.

Also, this location will be one of the first McDonald’s in British Columbia to offer what Knight calls a dual-point front counter service system. It physically separates the ordering and cash points from the order pick-up point to make the process more convenient for guests, he said.

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