Coat drive campaign underway

Last year, 450 people in Maple Ridge were helped by the Christmas blanket drive

The 20th annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive has kicked off across Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Donations of gently used blankets, jackets, sleeping bags and warm winter clothing, as well as new socks, underwear, toothbrushes and toothpaste, are being collected at any of the local realty offices in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, until Nov. 24.

This year, donations collected in this community will be given to the Salvation Army Caring Place to be handed out to those in need.

Last year, 450 people in Maple Ridge were helped by the blanket drive.

In 2012, the blanket drive helped 1,000 people.

Jewel Yourchek, with Macdonald Realty, is hoping this year’s drive will beat the 2012 record.

“It is really important to the charities that we give to. They depend on our donations to get through the cold winter months,” explained Yourchek, adding that donations help both the homeless and families that are struggling.

Donations are being collected until Nov. 24.

If there is a charity that needs donations, contact Yourchek at 604-467-3871.

• For more information, go to http://www.rebgv.org/blanket-drive.