Our View: Volunteers gave happy holidays

Two Langley residents are stepping down after years of helping ensure that everyone in the Langleys has a merry Christmas.

Leigh Castron and Jim McGregor are stepping down as co-chairs of the Langley Christmas Bureau.

They won’t be going very far –they’ll still be available to ensure a smooth transition for the 2016 holidays. But over the years they and others have built up a sizable contingent of volunteers, not to mention a massive store of public goodwill.

Every year, the Langley Christmas Bureau ensures gifts for families who can’t afford them. Children from infants to teenagers receive books, toys, and gift cards that brighten their season. Gathering all this means identifying needy families, collecting innumerable gifts, ensuring that there is enough for each specific child based on age and interests, and then getting it all delivered in time.

Each year, the Christmas Bureau has expanded the number of families it serves. As Langley’s population grows, so too grows the number of people who are down on their luck, out of work, and having trouble making ends meet. While for the majority of us, the holiday season is one of abundance, for some there is simply no money left over after the bare essentials have been purchased. For some, even the bare essentials are too expensive.

The Langley City council gave its recognition to both Castron and McGregor after they announced their departure.

No doubt we will hear more thanks in the days to come, as Christmas arrives.

We would like to join in that chorus and thank the two people who have helped drive the Christmas Bureau over the past decade.

They have made Langley a better place by their hard work, alongside numerous other volunteers. Together, the people who make the Christmas Bureau function have brought happiness to children, and relief and joy to parents. They have been a part of what makes our municipalities of Langley into a true community.

– M.C.



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