Thousands of blankets and warm-clothing items were collected this year during the Realtors Care Blanket Drive.

Thousands of blankets and warm-clothing items were collected this year during the Realtors Care Blanket Drive.

Realtors Care Blanket Drive collects blankets and warm clothing

Five charities in Abbotsford among the recipients

More than 36,000 Lower Mainland residents will receive blankets and warm clothing this winter thanks to donations collected during the 23rd annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive.

The campaign ran from Nov. 14 to 21, when more than 100 real estate offices – included several in Abbotsford – served as drop-off locations for donations.

Realtor volunteers then collected, sorted and delivered the donations to local charities last week.

In Abbotsford, recipients charities were 5 and 2 Ministries, the Salvation Army, Cyrus Centre, the Warm Zone and Raven’s Moon Resource Society.

All donations remain in the community in which they were collected. More than 70 Lower Mainland charities received donations from the Blanket Drive this year.

The campaign is a partnership between the realtors of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, and the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board and their communities.

The program is the largest and longest running blanket drive in B.C.. Since it began in 1994, it has helped more than 340,000 people keep warm and dry during the winter months.

Visit blanketdrive.ca for more information. For photos from this year’s campaign, visit facebook.com/BlanketDrive.