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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 less fortunate, 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.
Working together to provide warmth is why a quilt was chosen to represent this year's Blanket Drive and anniversary. The quilt's patchwork design illustrates how members, volunteers, and charities combine resources to help relieve the strain of poverty.
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!
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.