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Record-breaking year for REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive

The 15th annual REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive is proof that wonderful things happen when everyone pitches in. The Blanket Drive, which is a joint effort between our Board along with the Fraser Valley and Chilliwack Boards, took place November 30 - December 7. It unofficially kept going until December 14 because donations snowballed, collecting over 4,350 bags of clothing, coats and blankets for dozens of charities across the Lower Mainland.

Photo (L-R): Scott Russell, president, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and Constable Jodyne Keller, Vancouver Police Department.

“When you get to this level of literally thousands of people donating, it’s no longer one profession or group making a difference, it’s the entire community recognizing a need and pulling together as one,” said Scott Russell, president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

This year the Blanket Drive donated blankets for the Vancouver Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Program. Vancouver Police offer blankets to the homeless people they encounter during patrols.
Each year the Blanket Drive produces examples of the charitable spirit that exists throughout the Lower Mainland. For the second year in a row, one of Vancouver’s largest clothing wholesalers, FX Fashion Exchange, donated multiple vanloads of still-in-the-box clothing and coats. Mountain Equipment Co-op was another generous corporate contributor this year. After learning about the Blanket Drive, the company donated 275 new blankets.

“Our member volunteers worked extra hard this year, not just in putting together donations but also in getting the word out and it paid off. We had to extend the Drive an additional week just to get everything delivered,” said Paul Penner, president of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.
Over 45 local charities across the Lower Mainland benefit from the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive. For more information go to