Blankets needed for campaign

Blankets needed for campaign

Mission-based Blanket BC Society will launch its annual Drive on the Line campaign in Vancouver

On Nov. 24 and 25, the Mission-based Blanket BC Society will be launching its ninth annual Drive on the Line campaign, taking place along skytrain’s Canada Line in Vancouver.

This two-day blanket drive, where over 175 volunteers ranging from individuals to families to corporate teams, will be collecting donations from passengers and the public alike at eight stations – Waterfront, Yaletown/Roundhouse, Vancouver City, Broadway/City Hall, Oakridge/41st, Marine Drive, Bridgeport and Lansdowne.

Donations being accepted include socks, scarves, mittens, toques, and, of course, blankets.

All donated items will then be divided up and distributed to over 100 shelter programs and organizations that work directly with society’s most impoverished individuals and families throughout Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.

Last year’s event collected over 5,500 blankets, 1,500 articles of clothing and more than $7,200.

Every year the goal is to collect more than 10,000 blankets, equal to the number of street homeless in B.C.

Additionally, there will be a Drive on the Line kick-off fundraiser which takes place Nov. 16 at The Belmont Bar on Granville St. in Vancouver.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10. Every dollar raised will be matched by the Belmont. Entertainment provided by Canadian country singer April Reign.

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