More than 17,000 working poor and homeless people throughout the Lower Mainland will receive blankets and warm clothing this winter thanks to donations collected during the 21st annual REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive.
Between November 16 and 23, over 100 real estate offices served as drop-off points for donations. Realtor volunteers then collected, sorted, and delivered the donations to local charities.
“These donations serve a real need and make a difference in communities across the region,” Darcy McLeod, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver president said. “We’d like to thank our volunteers and everyone who donated to this year’s program.”
A hallmark of the Blanket Drive is that all donations remain in the community in which they were collected. Many charities rely on donations from the program each year to help them through the winter.
“We depend on donations from the Blanket Drive to help the people who need us the most,” said Major Ed Chu of the Salvation Army in Richmond. “Without them, we would have very little to give.”
The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive is the largest and longest running blanket drive in British Columbia. Since the Blanket Drive began in 1994, the program has helped more than 290,000 people in our communities keep warm and dry during the winter months.
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.
Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver