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Red Nose back on the road

With the Christmas party season upon us, Operation Red Nose is up and running, and volunteer teams are ready to get you and your vehicle home safely.

Now into its 17th year in Langley, Operation Red Nose goes every weekend until Saturday, Dec. 21 and launches again on New Year’s Eve, (Tuesday, Dec. 31).

Last year Langley’s Operation Red Nose gave 1,213 rides home, with 619 volunteers who travelled 33,534 kilometres.

“Because we are in the middle, we get a lot of the transfers from other communities,” said Kerry Anderson, Langley co-ordinator.

“We have a lot of volunteers, but we are always looking for more. The more we have the less the wait times for pick up.”

It usually takes around 45 minutes for volunteers to arrive.

“It’s a really fun experience to volunteer,” Anderson said. “There are lots of stories and it’s a great place to make new friends. It’s a tight knit community.”

The free service offers rides home using the person’s own vehicle. A volunteer will drive party goers home (or wherever they’re going) in their own vehicle, with an escort vehicle following behind. Once the vehicle is dropped off at the person’s home, the volunteer gets back into the escort vehicle and they are off to their next pick up.

If passengers need to cross the Golden Ears Bridge, Operation Red Nose will reimburse the volunteer driver for the toll costs.

While the service is free, clients can make a donation for the ride. All that money goes to youth sports in Langley, said Anderson.

Locally, Operation Red Nose has always been based out of Langley Gymnastics. The volunteer headquarters is there again this year.

Phone Operation Red Nose at 604-532-0888. Calls are taken from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

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