REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive
Blanket Drive raises $50,000 for charities
The revamped format for this year’s REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive raised $50,000 for local housing-related charities.
The money raised from the week-long fundraiser will help the Blanket Drive’s long-time partner charities, which serve people across the Lower Mainland.
The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive is a 26-year-old campaign started by Lower Mainland REALTORS® to help provide much-needed supplies to housing-related charities within their communities. In a traditional year, more than 18,000 REALTORS across the region would work with their clients and a network of charitable organizations in every Lower Mainland community to collect and distribute blankets and lightly used clothing.
Given that most charities aren’t collecting these items this year due to COVID-19 safety concerns, organizers had to adapt the name and purpose of this year’s campaign. Instead, the REALTOR® members of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) and the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) raised funds through an online fundraising drive that ran from November 23-30.
“The pandemic has been devastating for our partner charities and the vulnerable people they help. The resources at their disposal are down and the need from the people they serve is up,” said Colette Gerber, Chair, REBGV. “This is why our Realtor community came together to help our partner charities overcome these challenges.”
“The support and enthusiasm this year was amazing. Our donation page received many comments from REALTORS® saying that the pandemic isn’t going to stop the profession from helping the people they’ve helped for 26 years, the fundraiser was a great way to give back, and more,” said Chris Shields, President, FVREB. “To everyone who supported the campaign this year, a warm, socially distanced thank you. We hope to help even more people next year.”
The program is the largest and longest running blanket drive in British Columbia. Since it began in 1995, it has helped more than 425,000 people in our communities keep warm and dry during the winter months.
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See you next year!
2020: #Passthedonation challenge
Have a look at this video where our Realtors challenged you to make a donation to our Blanket Drive charities!
2019: Sharing the warmth for 25 years
How the Blanket Drive helps charities
Here's a list of Lower Mainland charities that receive donations from the Blanket Drive.
The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive story
Way back in 1994, 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 385,000 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 35,000 people each year.
Blanket Drive 20th anniversary quilt
Working together to provide warmth is why a quilt was chosen to represent 2014's 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 make up the design.
Pictured with the quilt are two of the Realtors who founded this program, and volunteers past and present.