The former Whalley Library building will be home to the Surrey Christmas Bureau this season.

New chapter for old library

Surrey Christmas Bureau makes Whalley building its holiday home.

  • Oct. 25, 2011 7:00 a.m.

The shelves and books and visitors have made their way to fancy new digs, but a new story is about to unfold at the old Whalley library building in Surrey.

The Surrey Christmas Bureau (SCB) will be bringing the abandoned site to life this week, using it as the non-profit organization’s home for the holiday season.

The seasonal charity has the perennial problem of finding a big enough space from which to operate its toy depot and registration office.

The new City Centre Library opened in Central City last month, leaving the former location on City Parkway near 103 Avenue vacant.

K.C. Gilroy“We are thrilled to have such a large welcoming and useful place to use for registration and distribution,” said SCB coordinator K.C. Gilroy (left).

“It will work well for registrants and donors alike.”

The 11,000-sq.-ft. building will be used as a place for those in need to register for Christmas assistance, and where donations, gifts and toys can be sorted for distribution.

“It is a huge advantage to have a central location confirmed this early in the year,” said SCB board president Allan Keel.

Last year, about 1,600 local families, including 5,000 children, were helped by the organization. At least that many are expected this year.

The SCB has been collecting and distributing toys and hampers to those in need for more than 40 years.

Registration begins Nov. 9 and continues until Nov. 30. Eligible families can apply Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 10347 135 Street (City Parkway).

Applicants must bring in photo identification, proof of residence in Surrey (phone, gas, or cable bill), B.C. CareCards for all members of the family, bank statements from all accounts for the last two months, and proof of income for the last three months.

If applying for your spouse, bring a signed letter stating that they agree you can apply for them.

Check or phone 604-581-9623 for further details, to make a donation or to adopt a family.

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