"For the 19th year in a row, Realtors from the real estate boards in Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Chilliwack and district collected enough donations of coats, blankets, sleeping bags and warm clothing to help more than 20,000 people during the annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive.

 

The Dr. Peter Centre, one of Vancouver’s recipient charities, offers health programs and long-term and supportive housing to individuals with HIV/AIDS requiring specialized care. Another regular beneficiary of the Blanket Drive is the Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Patient Resource Department. Every year, the hospital receives winter coats to give to patients who need them.

 

Volunteer Realtors pick up, sort and deliver donations dropped off by colleagues, clients, the public, corporations, retailers, community groups and schools. The drop-off locations are real estate offices spread across the region, between Whistler and Hope.

 

Since 1994, the Blanket Drive has grown to become the largest collection of its kind in the Lower Mainland. Over the years, the program has assisted more than 225,000 people."

 

Originally shared by REMOnline.com.

 

 

Extremely humbled and feeling grateful to be a part of this.

 

Till next time ...

 

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From vancitybuzz.com:

 

 

REALTORS across the region are asking the public to round up their warm winter woollies for donation to help those in need in their communities.The REALTORS Care Blanket Drive – the longest-running and largest warm clothing and blanket drive in B.C. – starts Monday, Nov. 18 and will run until Nov. 25.

 

“This Blanket Drive started many years ago by helping the homeless in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Since then, even though this event has grown enormously, we’ve always kept the donations local,” says Tri-City REALTOR® and Blanket Drive volunteer P.A. (Doc) Livingston.

 

“Donors can be sure their donations of blankets and warm clothing will stay in their community and will be given directly to those who need them most by charities in the area.”

 

This annual eight-day event collects enough gently used blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothing and jackets, in addition to new socks and underwear, to help protect about 20,000 vulnerable people in our region from the cold, wet winter. Since 1995, the Blanket Drive has supported at least 200,000 people.

 

Of the 35 charities in the region that benefit from the REALTORS®\ Care Blanket Drive, NightShift Street Ministries in North Surrey is amongst those that receive a significant volume. Since 2004, it has received enough donations to help provide emergency warm clothing during the winter to the 100 clients it serves on average every night. MaryAnne Connor is NightShift’s founder and president.

 

“Your support helps us tremendously. We hand out the blankets, coats, gloves and new underwear and socks directly to our street family members from our mobile clothing truck. Extra clothing items that aren’t warm enough are distributed through our Sisters Thrift Boutique. Everything is accepted and greatly appreciated.”

 

Drop off your donations to any of the 100 plus participating real estate offices spread between Whistler and Hope. REALTORS collect the donations, separate clothing from blankets and deliver them to local charities.

 

To see a list of drop-off locations, charitable recipients and items most needed, go to:

www.blanketdrive.ca

www.facebook.com/blanketdrive

www.twitter.com/FVREB or www.twitter.com/REBGV  (#RCBD)

 

Donations stay within the communities in which they are donated, or, if the volumes are too large, they go to charities in greatest need in neighbouring communities. Since 1995, the Blanket Drive has supported at least 200,000 people.

 

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It is almost THAT time of year again!  We are well into Fall, Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is just around the corner!  The weather is cooler, even a little bit cold!  The Greater Vancouver area has experienced some of the most lengthy periods of fog that we've had in a long time!  All of this being said, it is almost time for the 19th annual REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive!

 

 

From November 18-25, REALTORS® will be collecting blankets and warm clothing to give directly to those who need to stay warm during the wet and cold winter.

 

You can help by donating the following items for men, women and children:


new or gently used
  •  blankets, sleeping bags
  •  warm clothing - coats, ueans, pants, seaters  
  •  scarves, gloves, mitts, hats
  •  socks (new)
  •  underwear (new)


All donations collected in a community stay in that community.

Like the Blanket Drive on Facebook for updates about this year's event!


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