REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive
Since 1995, more than 165,000 people have received clothing or a blanket from the annual drive.
The 17th annual Blanket Drive will run from November 28 to December 5 across the Lower Mainland. Thousands of REALTORS® and members of the public will donate. Hundreds of real estate offices will act as drop-off depots and dozens of REALTORS® will pick-up, sort and deliver the donations.
REALTOR® Michele DeFehr is a veteran North Shore Blanket Drive volunteer. "One year, while delivering donations to the Harvest Project, I met a woman living in her vehicle. Her story brought me to tears. While she talked, her German shepherd lay beside her van on an old sheet. She clearly had few personal items, so I offered her some donations. All she wanted was a blanket for her dog."
Fellow REALTOR® Bonnie Gerbrandt shares a Blanket Drive memory from Chilliwack. “Last year, I met two people who requested I come to their home to pick up donations. They came from humble beginnings and had experienced what it was like to be cold and hungry. Through their donations, they wanted to pay something back in appreciation of assistance they received years ago.”
In Surrey, one of the key Blanket Drive recipients is NightShift Street Ministries, an organization that has been working with poor and homeless people in Whalley since 2004. Nightshift offers outreach services and counselling, and manages clothing and blanket donations through Sisters Thrift Boutique.
“The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive is truly a blessing to our street
family. We have had years when the donations from this drive have
stocked our shelves and bins until early spring. We now see it as an
The eight-day Blanket Drive, which runs in every community from Whistler to Chilliwack, collects on average 4,300 bags of gently used blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothing and coats; in addition to new socks and underwear for men, women and children.
Donations to the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive stay within the communities in which they are donated, or if the volumes are too large, go to charities in greatest need in neighbouring communities. For a list of drop-off locations and charitable recipients, go to:
www.twitter.com/FVREB or www.twitter.com/REBGV (#RCBD)
In Greater Vancouver contact: Fiona Youatt, Communications Coordinator, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
Tel: 604.730.3068 email: email@example.com
In Fraser Valley contact: Laurie Dawson, Communications Coordinator, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board
Tel: 604.930.7657 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 1.604.792.6795 email: email@example.com