Donate a blanket to those in need

The 23rd annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive is on now

The 23rd annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive kicks off on Nov. 14. It’s the largest and longest running blanket drive in the Lower Mainland.

Between Nov. 14 and 21, realtor volunteers will collect warm clothing and blankets across the region. The donations are then distributed to partner charities from the same community where the item was donated.

The public can make donations at more than 100 participating real estate offices across the Lower Mainland. In Mission you can drop off your donations at:

  • HomeLife Glenayre Realty, 1-32540 Logan Ave.
  • Landmark Realty, 103-32471 Lougheed Hwy.
  • RE/MAX Little Oak Realty, 33119 First Ave.
  • Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty, 33174 First Ave.

Last year, in Mission, 55 bags of warm clothing and blankets were collected thanks to the generosity of the community. This year, organizers are hoping to top that.

The organizations being helped this year include Lydia Home, Hope Central Ministry, Mission Community Services Society, Mission Indian Friendship Centre Society, and Mission Youth House.

“So many people in need, from Whistler to Hope, have received a blanket or warm clothing over the years through the Blanket Drive,” said Gopal Sahota, president of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. “Our donations are distributed directly to those who need it so please give what you can this year.”

Since beginning in 1995, the program has helped provide warmth to more than 300,000 people.

Items needed include:

• blankets or sleeping bags, gently used or new;

• warm clothing, coats;

• hats, gloves, scarves;

• new socks and underwear.

For more information, visit blanketdrive.ca.

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