Realtors’ blanket drive helps almost 19,000 people

Realtors around the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley collected blankets, clothing and other items for those in need.

Nearly 19,000 working poor and homeless people across the Lower Mainland received donations of blankets, clothing, and other necessities this year.

Many of those donations stayed in Abbotsford – through the Salvation Army – as part of the Realtors Care Blanket Drive, which ran from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5 and is the longest running event of its kind in the region.

Since 1994, the real estate community has partnered with local charities to distribute items collected, helping more than 185,000 people in that time.

Individuals, corporations, retailers, community groups and schools all partner with local realtors to collect quality items.

This year, for the first time, a video blog was created to tell the stories behind the Blanket Drive. Learn how it started, how volunteers collect and sort donations, and how charities distribute the items by visiting: and