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Taylor girl helping to light up Ronald McDonald House for Christmas

Last year, Sarah Byford’s Christmas wish was to spend her time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House to help collect toys and wrap gifts for children.
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Sarah Byford, 9, with one of the many paper light bulbs she wants to adorn the Ronald McDonald House this Christmas season. Submitted by Amy Byford

Last year, Sarah Byford’s Christmas wish was to spend her time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House to help collect toys and wrap gifts for children.

This year, she can’t because of the pandemic, but the nine-year-old from Taylor is still looking to do her part and bring a wonderful Christmas to children and their families.

Byford’s goal is to raise $500 for this year’s Light The House fundraiser, which helps transform the House in Vancouver into a festive place for families who are away from home during the holidays.

“Most feel the House isn’t local, but it helps tons of people from northern B.C.,” says her mom, Amy Byford. “She wants to fill a tree. She said today she will ask Santa to drop her presents to the kids at the House as they need them more.”

Supporters will be recognized with a paper light bulb that will be included among the decorations that will adorn the House through the season. The House supports up to 73 families each night as their child receives life-saving treatment.

“All funds raised will give our families the simple comforts of home: a comfortable bed, a kitchen to enjoy a home-cooked meal and a place to put up their feet at the end of a long day," says CEO Richard Pass. 

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Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.