Blanket drive set to begin

The 21st annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive kicks off on Nov. 16.

The 21st annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive kicks off on Nov.  16. The program is the Lower Mainland’s largest and longest-running blanket drive.

Each year, the drive provides warm clothing and blankets to more than 19,000 Lower Mainland residents in need.

In Mission, the drive will support five organizations –  Lydia Home, Hope Central Ministry, Mission Community Services, the Mission Friendship Centre, and Mission Youth House.

These groups do incredible work and this year organizers are hoping to help them get the resources they need.

In particular the groups need:

  • Lydia Home: Women’s winter coats and blankets;
  • Hope Central Ministry: Blankets and winter jackets;
  • Mission Community Services: Bedding and blankets in new or like-new condition;
  • Mission Friendship Centre: Blankets and coats;
  • Mission Youth House: Winter jackets, gloves, rain proof coats, sleeping bags, and new socks.

From Nov. 16 to 23, volunteer realtors across the region will work with their clients to coordinate donations of blankets and warm winter clothing for those most in need. The donations are then sorted and delivered to charities in the same community in which they were collected.

“The need is real and your donations make a difference. We’re looking for blankets, coats, gloves and other warm winter clothing for men, women and children,” said Jorda Maisey, president of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

Anyone with donations can drop them off at one of the 100-plus participating real estate offices. In Mission, you can drop off donations at HomeLife Glenayre Realty (1-32540 Logan Ave.), Landmark Realty (103-32471 Lougheed Hwy.), RE/MAX Little Oak Realty (33119 First Ave.) and Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty (33174 First Ave.).