This year’s Realtors Care Blanket Drive tripled last year’s haul. (THE NEWS/files)

This year’s Realtors Care Blanket Drive tripled last year’s haul. (THE NEWS/files)

Maple Ridge realtors tripled the number of coats and blankets collected

More than 200 bags donated to Christmas hampers

They really showed they care this year.

Like about three times more.

The annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows in November collected just about three times the number of blankets, bedding and coats and jackets than the previous year, said volunteer driver Peter Vanderlee.

“We had a really good year. Last year, we had 70 bags of goods.” This year, more than 225 plastic garbage bags were filled with the essentials which Vanderlee and others collected from seven real estate offices in Maple Ridge.

“I think some of us just stepped up to the plate,” said Vanderlee.

He towed a 10-metre long trailer that was half filled with the bags to the Christmas Hamper offices in Albion fairgrounds where they were added to the gifts available at the Rudolph Recycles Gift Shop. That part of the hamper society building allows registrants who are receiving hampers to take home other essentials such as the clothes and housewares.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver sponsors the drive every year and collects new, or gently used blankets, sleeping bags, coats, hats, scarves and ponchos.They also took contributions of new socks and underwear.

Any items that are not suitable for gift giving will go to other agencies.

The Blanket Drive started 23 years ago, and has helped more than 300,000 people in Metro Vancouver.

The drive only runs however from this Tuesday, Nov. 14 to 21, so people have this week to get in their donations.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver organizes the drive every year throughout the region.

Any items that are not suitable for gift giving will go to other agencies.

The Blanket Drive started 23 years ago, and has helped more than 300,000 people in Metro Vancouver.

The offices that helped in this year’s blanket drive were:

Coldwell Banker Tri-Tel Realty, 22519 Dewdney Trunk Rd., 604-467-9300

Keller Williams Elite Realty, 550-20395 Lougheed Hwy., 604-465-0030

Macdonald Realty Ltd., 6-20691 Lougheed Hwy., 604-467-3871

Royal LePage-Brookside Realty, 11933 224th St., 604-467-5000

RE/MAX Lifestyles Realty 22308 Dewdney Trunk Rd., 604-466-2838

RE/MAX Results Realty, 20842 Lougheed Hwy., 604-467-0811

Sutton Group-1st West Realty, 201-21755 Lougheed Hwy., 604-467-3001