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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!
Press release, December 11, 2013 - Blanket Drive provides warmth as cold snap hits Lower Mainland
Press release, November 18, 2013 - Region’s longest-running Blanket Drive begins today
Press release, November 14, 2013 - Region's largest warm clothing and blanket drive starts Monday
Press release, November 6, 2013 - Region's largest warm clothing and blanket drive offers first line of defence for
thousands in need
Blanket Drive coordinators Carol Hautala and Bruce Lasuta created the following heartwarming video.
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.