Can You Spare a Blanket?

REALTORS® Care Blanket Drive

On now until December 6, donations are needed.

November 30, 2010 – Volunteers with the 16th annual REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive are appealing to local media to help raise awareness about the need for donations to this Lower Mainland-wide program.

The week long event kicked off this week and runs until Monday, December 6. People wishing to donate can stop by any of the more than 100 participating real estate offices or provide items to their local REALTOR®. Each year the Blanket Drive collects approximately 4,000 bags of blankets, bedding and warm clothing for the homeless and working poor in communities from Chilliwack to Vancouver.

Baby It’s Cold Outside

“All signs point to it being a particularly cold winter, and for the next seven days we hope to collect enough blankets and clothing to assist thousands of people in need, but we need help getting the message out,” Jake Moldowan, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver president said. “Donations stay within the communities in which they are donated, or if the volumes are too large, go to charities located in communities identified as having the greatest need.”

Where Do They Go?

Through the program, more than 13,000 REALTORS® in the Lower Mainland work with clients, colleagues, local businesses, schools and other organizations to generate donations. The program gives these donations to more than 30 charitable organizations including the Vancouver Police Department blanket outreach program, the Salvation Army throughout the Lower Mainland, and many other shelters in the region who rely on this program each year.

Hands That Help

Last year, Blanket Drive donations helped an estimated 12,000 homeless or working poor individuals. Since 1995, the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive has helped an estimated 81,000 people.

Got A Blanket to Spare?

A list of drop-off locations and charitable recipients is here –

If you live in Vancouver East or Vancouver West and it is inconvenient to drop them off, email me with your name, address and phone number. I will call you to arrange a time for pick up.

Promotion, pick-up and distribution of donations are handled by REALTOR® volunteers from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board and the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board.


It’s been a tough year for a lot of people. While you may think that times are tough for you a quick look around and you will find many who have had it worse. So while you are listening to this 1942 version of Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds singing White Christmas, dig around in your closet and I’ll bet you’ll find a blanket that will help someone stay warm.

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*Disclaimer: Statistics Courtesy REBGV. While believed to be accurate they are not guaranteed.
**Numbers provided may vary as they are dynamically posted by the REBGV.

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