Caring for our neighbours

November 14 - 21, 2016

Each year our volunteers collect donations of blankets and warm clothing for those in need throughout the Lower Mainland.

Since we began 22 years ago, more than 290,000 disadvantaged people have been helped by the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive.

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

A list of drop-off locations will be posted closer to the date.

 

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
   
2012
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 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