REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive
REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive donations will help 21,000 people across the Lower Mainland keep warm this winter
Thanks to you, more than 21,600 Lower Mainland residents will receive blankets and warm clothing this winter from donations collected during the 29th annual REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive.
Between November 14 and 21, more 100 real estate offices in the Lower Mainland served as drop-off locations for donations. Realtor volunteers then collected, sorted, and delivered the donations to local charities.
Although the Blanket Drive has ended for another year, your donations of the following are still needed.
- Blankets, sleeping bags
- Winter clothing - coats, jeans, pants, sweaters
- Scarves, gloves, mitts, hats
- Socks (new)
- Underwear (new)
Remember, we’re looking for warmth. No summer clothes please!
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How the Blanket Drive helps charities
Here's a list of Lower Mainland charities that receive donations from the Blanket Drive.
The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive story
Way back in 1994, 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 480,000 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 30,000 people each year.
Blanket Drive 20th anniversary quilt
Working together to provide warmth is why a quilt was chosen to represent 2014's 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 made 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 make up the design.
Pictured with the quilt are two of the Realtors who founded this program, and volunteers past and present.