24th Annual
REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive

 November 13 to 20, 2018

 

Since it started 24 years ago, the Blanket Drive has helped more than 345,000 people in our communities stay warm and dry. Last year alone, more than 38,000 people received a blanket, coat, or other donation from the Blanket Drive.

Here's how you can help

Between November 13 and 20, REALTOR® volunteers will collect warm clothing and blankets across the region. The donations are then distributed to partner charities from the same community where the item was donated. 

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
  • plastic ponchos, bivy sacks 

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: http://bit.ly/2k6t0tF    

Drop off your donations at any of these Lower Mainland real estate office locations.

  

Thank you!

 

 

  

 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 our communities.

 
   

 


Videos - how the Blanket Drive helps

 


20th anniversary quilt

Working together to provide warmth is why a quilt was chosen to represent the 2014 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 created 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 inform the design.

 

Blanket Drive founders and volunteers with the 20th anniversary commemorative quilt.

Click here to see more photos of the commemorative quilt. 


The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive story

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.


Blanket Drive poster gallery 

     
2017  2018    
       
 2016 2015  2014  2013
   
2012
2011
2010
 2009
     
2008
2007
2006
2005
   
2004
2003
 2002  2001

 
Photographs for the 2001-2012 posters taken by Vancouver photographer Lincoln Clarkes
Photograph for the 2013 poster taken by Vancouver photographer Elaine Briere
Photograph for the 2015 poster taken by Vancouver photographer Pamela Saunders
Photograph for the 2016 poster taken by Fort Langley writer and photographer Mark Forsythe
Photograph for the 2017 poster taken by Vancouver photographer Jason Snyder

Photograph for the 2018 poster taken by Devin Smith