29th Blanket Drive: Warmth Wanted: Help connect warm clothing with those in need

Many of us have gently used clothing sitting in the back of our closets, wardrobes, and drawers. Don’t leave them in the dark – help connect your warm clothing with their perfect match by participating in the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive.

This year, we’re looking to bring warmth to struggling Metro Vancouverites by pairing the perfect gently used or new clothing with those in need in our communities.

If you have a lonely item that fits the bill, bring it to your local participating real estate office from November 14–21 and our matchmakers will pair them with the perfect partner

Below is a list of charities being supported in 2023:

  • Riverside Shelter (Lookout Housing & Health Society)
  • Centre of Hope (Salvation Army)
  • Cyrus Centre
  • Gateway Community CRC (Extreme Weather Shelter)
  • Raven’s Moon Resource Society
  • SARA for Women’s Society
  • Lighthouse Shelter at the Red Lion (Lookout Housing & Health Society)
  • Gateway of Hope Shelter (Salvation Army)
  • Ishtar Women’s Resource Society
  • Wagner Hills Farm Society (Women’s and Men’s Campus)
  • Kimz Angel
  • Langley Community Services
  • Langley Vineyards
  • Hope Central Ministry (New Heights Church)
  • Lydia Home’s Alcohol & Drug Recovery Program (Union Gospel Mission)
  • Mission Community Services Society
  • Mission Youth (MY) House
  • Hyland House (Options Community Services)
  • NightShift Street Ministries
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital (Volunteer Services)
  • Surrey Urban Mission
  • Gateway Shelter (Lookout Housing & Health Society)
  • Atira Women’s Shelter
  • Sources (Newton)
  • Lookout Housing & Health Society (Guildford)
  • Extreme Weather Shelter (Part of New Hope Church)
  • Cloverdale Community Kitchen (Extreme Weather Shelter)
  • Atira Women’s Resource Society
  • Bill Reid Place (Options)
  • Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank
  • Sources Community Resources Centre
  • Temporary Weather Shelter (Part of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church)


Since 1995, Fraser Valley REALTORS® have joined forces with police acting as “extra eyes and ears” to fight crime in their communities. REALTOR® members at the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board joined the Realty Watch program in 2003. In 2006, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver members launched Realty Watch for their areas.

Realty Watch is a crime prevention program whose mission is to reduce and prevent crime by assisting police in time-critical situations — usually lost, missing or abducted children or vulnerable adults.

Police contact the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board and request a fan-out for the missing person. The information sent out as a text message to REALTORS®. After receiving the fan-out message, if a REALTOR® sees or hears anything that could help police with that case, he or she calls 911.

REALTORS®, with their smartphones and community mobility, are an excellent resource for police. Over 14,000 REALTORS throughout the Lower Mainland of BC, from Whistler to Hope, can be mobilized within 30 minutes.

Fore more information, visit or call 604.930.7630.



Given our modest budget, we have specific criteria when reviewing submissions, as follows:

  • Preference shall be given to shelter-related causes. These include charitable efforts that support the provision, creation, or modification of temporary or permanent human shelter.
  • Preference shall be given to submissions that address the needs of people who live within the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s areas of operation.
  • Submissions shall only be considered from fully registered Canadian charitable societies, preferably with a BC division.
  • A complete submission, including a description of the need for funding, must be provided. Organizations are expected to carry out the project as funded, and to submit written reviews as requested.
  • Charitable societies are expected to maintain proper fiscal accounting practices and to provide, upon request, interim and/or annual financial accounting of use of funds.

  • Submissions will be reviewed through the lens of the Quality of Life principles:

    ensuring economic vitality
    providing housing opportunities
    protecting property owners
    building better communities

  • Submissions must demonstrate the opportunity for public recognition of the donation, with such recognition to go to the REALTORS® of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

Submissions will be reviewed annually. Please address any submissions to the attention of the Communications department. A printable PDF of these guidelines is available here.