REALTORS® striving to raise $100,000 for flood victims during the 27th annual REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive
REALTORS® from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) and the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) are challenging their colleagues, and the public, to help raise $100,000 for the REALTORS Care® Blanket drive.
This year’s REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive fundraiser has been extended to November 29 to allow more time to raise money for those impacted by the recent extreme weather in BC.
So far, the campaign has collectively raised just over $83,000 between the REBGV and FVREB donation drives.
“We had to do something after seeing our communities devastated by floods and landslides,” said Taylor Biggar, REBGV Chair. “Pivoting the Blanket Drive to help those affected was a natural move and our members have been quick to get behind this effort.”
Proceeds from this year’s Blanket Drive fundraiser will go to the Canadian Red Cross British Columbia Floods and Extreme Weather Appeal. This money will support the Red Cross’s relief, recovery, resiliency, and risk reduction activities in the affected areas at both the individual and community levels.
Beyond the Blanket Drive, Realtors from across the Lower Mainland have banded together in a number of ways to help in the relief efforts.
Since the rains subsided, Realtors have charted helicopters to make over 40 trips to get food to displaced residents, made food and monetary donations, and have even driven pumper trucks throughout the night to help with overwhelmed sewage and drainage systems.
“These stories make me proud to be a part of our profession,” said Biggar. “This kind of action makes a tangible difference to our fellow British Columbian’s lives.”
You can make a donation to the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive fundraiser online through the official Charitable Impact page. With donations of $5 or more, you'll get a tax receipt.
In addition to this year’s financial donation campaign, the Blanket Drive is also collecting donations of blankets, sleeping bags, warm winter clothing, and new socks and underwear for those who need it.
The donations are then sorted and delivered to charities and organizations in the same area in which they were collected.
Items we’re looking for:
- blankets, sleeping bags
- warm clothing - coats, jeans, pants, sweaters
- scarves, gloves, mitts, hats
- socks (new)
- underwear (new)
You can drop donations off at one of the 100 plus participating real estate offices - click here for the list.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley Real Estate Boards are professional associations representing more than 18,000 REALTORS® who live and work in the Lower Mainland from Whistler to Abbotsford. The Boards provide a variety of member services, including the Multiple Listing Service®. For more information on real estate, statistics, and buying or selling a home, contact a local REALTOR® or visit www.rebgv.org or www.fvreb.bc.ca.