This is where you can donate blankets in Burnaby to keep people warm

The 24th annual REALTORS Care Blanket Drive kicks off Nov. 13 in Burnaby to collect warm winter clothing for those in need across the Lower Mainland.

The drive is the largest and longest running blanket drive in the Lower Mainland.

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Between Nov. 13 and 20, 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. The locations in Burnaby are Coldwell Banker-Love Realty at 5489 Kingsway, LeHomes Realty Premier at #401-4538, Oakwyn Realty at #252-5489 Byrne Rd., New Coast Realty at 4737 Kingsway, RE/MAX Central, #1-5050 Kingsway, and Sutton Centre Realty at 3010 Boundary Rd.

The Blanket Drive seeks to collect enough clothing to help more than 30,000 people stay warm this winter.

“A recent homeless count in Metro Vancouver indicates there are more people living in shelters or on the streets than ever before,” Phil Moore, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver president said in a news release. “Our partner charities need all the support they can get this winter, so please donate what you can. Every little donation helps.”

Since beginning in 1994, the program has helped provide warmth to more than 345,000 Lower Mainland residents. To follow this year’s Blanket Drive on social media, use #RCBD2018 or go to https://www.facebook.com/BlanketDrive/

“Anything you can give that’s in good shape - an unused blanket, spare coat, even a pair of mittens - will directly help a person in need in your area,” John Barbisan, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board president said.

Items needed:

  • Blankets or sleeping bags, gently used or new
  • Warm clothing, coats
  • Hats, gloves, scarves
  • New socks and underwear

For more information, visit http://www.blanketdrive.ca

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