2017 REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive - On now!

Tuesday, November 14 to Tuesday, November 21


The need has never been greater

Let's help keep the record number of homeless and working poor warm and dry this winter.

Our network of REALTORS® are gearing up for another productive year of collecting warm clothes and blankets.

Since it started 23 years ago, the Blanket Drive has helped more than 300,000 people in our communities. 

This success is thanks to your donations!

How you can help

Please donate the following items for all ages:
  • gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags
  • warm clothing, coats
  • hats, gloves, scarves
  • new socks and underwear
  • plastic ponchos, bivy sacks 

Please take your donations to an office near you - Drop-off locations


Greater Vancouver: Fiona Youatt, 604-730-3068 
email: fyouatt@rebgv.org

Fraser Valley: Debbie Jay, 604-930-7619
email: debbie.jay@fvreb.bc.ca

Chilliwack & District: Joanne Reid, 1-604-792-0912 email: admin@cadreb.com 


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Blanket Drive in the news

North Shore News - Blanket Drive helps people stay warm and dry 
The Chilliwack Progress - How you can blanket Chilliwack in warmth this winter
Langley Times - Realtors Care Blanket Drive begins Nov 14
Real Estate Magazine - Realtors Care Blanket Drive begins today 
Maple Ridge News/BC Local News - Maple Ridge realtors collecting winter gear 
Delta Optimist - Realtors organise Blanket Drive 
Langley Advance/BC Local News - Annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive set for next week 
Surrey Now-Leader/Cloverdale Reporter - Surrey realtors want you to ‘clean out your closets’ for homeless
Annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive set for next week
Tri-City News - Warm blankets, winter clothes sought

The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive is a partnership between the REALTORS® of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, and the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board and their communities.



Videos - how the Blanket Drive helps


20th anniversary quilt

Working together to provide warmth is why a quilt was chosen to represent the 2014 Blanket Drive.

The quilt's patchwork design represents how we work with charities to help relieve the strain of poverty of those in need.

In keeping with this theme, a commemorative quilt was created to mark the Blanket Drive's 20th anniversary.

Blocks with names of real estate offices that act as drop-off locations, images from previous Blanket Drive posters, a brief history of this annual event, and the signatures of past and current volunteers inform the design.


Blanket Drive founders and volunteers with the 20th anniversary commemorative quilt.

Click here to see more photos of the commemorative quilt. 

The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive story

Way back in 1995, some caring REALTORS® in Vancouver observed the homeless situation in the city’s eastside and said to themselves, we’ve got to do something.

They put out an appeal to their colleagues for warm blankets and coats and collected enough donations to help 3,000 of Vancouver’s homeless in the downtown core.

That single act of kindness has blossomed into one of the largest annual collections of warm clothing and blankets, helping homeless people and the working poor in every single community in the Lower Mainland.

Since then, thousands of REALTORS® from Whistler to Hope have collected enough donations to help more than 225,000 people in need. Each year, more than 75 dedicated members pick-up and deliver all the donations, and well over 100 real estate offices in the Lower Mainland act as collection depots.

The REALTORS Care® Drive now collects an astonishing amount of warm, winter items on behalf of dozens of local charities to help about 20,000 people each year.

Blanket Drive poster gallery 

 2016 2015  2014  2013
 2002  2001

Photographs for the 2001-2012 posters taken by Vancouver photographer Lincoln Clarkes                                back to top
Photograph for the 2013 poster taken by Vancouver photographer Elaine Briere
Photograph for the 2015 poster taken by Vancouver photographer Pamela Saunders
Photograph for the 2016 poster taken by Fort Langley writer and photographer Mark Forsythe
Photograph for the 2017 poster taken by Vancouver photographer Jason Snyder