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Sharing the warmth for 20 years
November 17 - 24
This year, the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive marks 20 years. Twenty years of sharing with those in need, 20 years of helping our communities.
It started when a group of REALTORS® called on their colleagues to gather what blankets they could to help the homeless keep warm in the Downtown Eastside.
Who could've imagined that two decades later, the Blanket Drive would expand to include members of three real estate boards and, as well as the homeless, was helping single mothers, the working poor, and those getting back into the workforce.
During this time, the Blanket Drive has helped more than 250,000 people in need.
All of the donations collected remain in the community in which they were collected.
In fact, there are charities whose sole source of donations are those donated by the Blanket Drive.
Videos - how the Blanket Drive helps
You can help by donating the following items to one of our drop-off locations:
New or gently used
• blankets, sleeping bags
• warm clothing - coats, jeans, pants, sweaters
• scarves, gloves, mitts, hats
• socks (new), in high demand
• underwear (new)
• pillows (new)
All donations collected in a community stay in that community!
20th anniversary quilt
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 the quilt theme, a commemorative quilt was made 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.
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.