These are the places you can donate blankets in New West to keep people warm

The 24th annual REALTORS Care Blanket Drive kicks off Nov. 13 in New Westminster 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 New Westminster are: Park Georgia Realty at 718 Second St. and RE/MAX Advantage Realty at #102-321 Sixth St.

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 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 www.blanketdrive.ca.

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