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Caring for our neighbours
November 16 - 23, 2015
It's time to winterize your closets for blankets and warm clothing you can donate to the Blanket Drive!
Needed items for all ages include:
- gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags
- warm clothing, coats
- hats, gloves, scarves
- new socks and underwear
From Hope to Whistler, you can drop off your donations at any of the real estate offices listed here.
This is the largest and longest running blanket drive in the region. We help about 19,000 of our neighbours in need each year. Since 1994, this event has helped more than 275,000 people in need.
All donations collected within a community go to charities in that community.
20th anniversary quilt
Working together to provide warmth is why a quilt was chosen to represent teh 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 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.
Blanket Drive founders and volunteers with the 20th anniversary commemorative quilt.
Videos - how the Blanket Drive helps
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
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