Thanks to collections from the 29th annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive — a partnership between the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board and the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board realtors — over 21,600 blankets and warm clothing donations will be provided to British Columbia’s Lower Mainland residents this season, along with more than $9,500 in Lower Mainland realtor donations to local housing-related charities.
More than 100 Lower Mainland real estate offices received donations from November 14 to 21. After this time, realtor volunteers helped to collect, sort and deliver the items to local charities. Monetary donations for charities were also received online.
“Many of our partner charities were stretched thin this year and desperately needed blankets and warm clothing,” Jennifer Quart, chair of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, says. “Now, thanks to the efforts of our blanket drive donors and volunteers, these charities can better help some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.”
B.C.’s longest-running and largest blanket drive, Realtors Care Blanket Drive began in 1994 and has since helped over 480,000 people each winter.
“Once again, the success of the Realtors Care Blanket Drive reflects the generosity of the communities of the Fraser Valley, members and volunteers,” says Narinder Bains, chair of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. “Their collective efforts have resulted in the gathering, sorting and distribution of blankets and warm clothing, which will help to keep thousands of people in the Fraser Valley warm this winter.”