SURREY, BC – An estimated 39,000 Lower Mainland residents received blankets and warm clothing this season thanks to donations collected during the 24th annual REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive.
Between November 13 and 20, over 100 real estate offices served as drop-off locations for donations. REALTOR® volunteers then collected, sorted and delivered the donations to local charities as recently as last week.
“The annual REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive is making a difference in the lives of people who need kindness and care the most,” said Darren Dyck, Manager, Community Engagement/Facilities, NightShift Street Ministries. “With the generous donations, we share unconditional love, hope and purpose with people suffering on the street with some of life’s most difficult situations – homelessness, poverty, addiction, and mental illness.”
All the donations were distributed within the community in which they were collected. More than 70 Lower Mainland charities received donations from the Blanket Drive this year.
“In keeping with the spirit of giving and caring that is very much needed this time of the year, and the commitment of many of our member volunteers and real estate offices, we have been able to help vulnerable and less privileged people live more comfortably this cold winter,” John Barbisan, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board President said.
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 their communities.
The program is the largest and longest running blanket drive in British Columbia. Since it began in 1994, it has helped more than 345,000 people in our communities keep warm and dry during the winter months.