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The 19th annual REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive has finished for this year.

From November 18-25, 2013, REALTORS® collected enough blankets and warm clothing to help 20,000 vulnerable people from Squamish to Hope keep warm this winter.

Although the Blanket Drive is over, you can still help by donating the following items for men, women and children:

new or gently used
  •  blankets, sleeping bags
  •  warm clothing - coats, jeans, pants, sweaters
  •  scarves, gloves, mitts, hats
  •  socks (new)
  •  underwear (new)

All donations collected in a community stay in that community. 

The Blanket Drive will be back in the fall of 2014, watch for us then!

 

 

Blanket Drive coordinators Carol Hautala and Bruce Lasuta created the following heartwarming video.

 

 

   

 

 

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 

     
2013      
   
2012
2011
2010
 2009
     
2008
2007
2006
2005
   
2004
2003
 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.