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My North Langley bloggers, community join forces to fill Christmas Bureau hampers

With a huge helping hand from the community, My North Langley founders Michael Thorne and Tyler McClendon filled four hampers for the Langley Christmas Bureau this month.    - submitted photo
With a huge helping hand from the community, My North Langley founders Michael Thorne and Tyler McClendon filled four hampers for the Langley Christmas Bureau this month.
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My North Langley blog founders Michael Thorne and Tyler McClendon are feeling the power of community and the Christmas spirit after delivering four hampers to Langley Christmas Bureau families on Wednesday night.

But their goal was to help 10 families this holiday.

“We didn’t reach our goal of 10 for the best reason possible,” said Thorne. All the families registered with the Christmas Bureau this year had been sponsored already.

For the four they did sponsor, within hours of posting to their My North Langley Facebook page, strangers were pitching in to help with food donations.

“I was sitting in my living room yesterday surrounded by all this food that was donated by people we don’t know, and is going to families we have never met before.

“It made me see we live in a ridiculously amazing community,” said Thorne.

“Langley is such a special place to live and the power of “community” continues to floor me,” he said.

The families they sponsored were beyond gracious, he added.

What started as a passion project to connect people in the North Langley communities of Walnut Grove, Fort Langley and Willoughby has spurred into a large social networking success.The My North Langley community group, established through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, has been serving as an online hub for events, fundraisers and promotions for two years now.

With a focus on helping in their community, McClendon and Thorne also have just done their first “cash mob” where fans pick a local business that could use a little help and people all show up at a designated spot one night to cash mob the store.

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