REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive
November 18-25, 2019
The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive is coming soon!
Here's how you can help
We collect blankets and warm clothing to help the homeless, women and children in need, and persons living in supportive housing. Your donations are kept in the community where they are collected, and are given to charities that distribute them directly to those in need.
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
Socks are especially important for the homeless. They're as good as gold. Find out why by listening to this item from CBC radio, Sunday Edition.
Here's a list of Lower Mainland charities who received donations from the Blanket Drive.
How the Blanket Drive helps charities
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.