2011 REALTORS Care Blanket Drive – The longest running blanket drive in the Lower Mainland starts today
The 17th annual REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive begins today and will run until Monday, December 5. Hundreds of real estate offices from Whistler to Chilliwack turn into donation depots for eight days as REALTORS® collect, sort and deliver donations of warm, winter clothing and blankets for distribution to dozens of local charities.
Of course anything warm or water proof, but also things that people might not think to donate, like men’s leather belts. It’s not uncommon to see homeless folks using rope to keep their pants up. We forget they are typically a lot slimmer than we are, so size 32 or smaller belts can be really useful.
As well as blankets, other in-demand items include new socks and underwear, jeans, sweat pants, hoodies and winter outerwear.
After so many years, we have repeat supporters who understand that this isn’t a general clothing collection. This is a focused event to collect essential items to assist our most vulnerable citizens during the coldest, wettest time of year.
The Blanket Drive is more than collecting blankets. It involves partnering with business, schools and the Vancouver Police Department to help gather and distribute donations; and sorting donated items so charities receive what they need.
For the first time, a video blog has been created to highlight these parts and others for an inside look at this annual drive.
To view the video blog and find drop-off locations for donations: http://www.blanketdrive.ca